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Fatal car accident in California leads to arrest

At the end of a work day, there is nothing more appealing to some workers than to unwind at a nearby restaurant. Unfortunately, police say that a man in California was killed in a car accident they believe was caused by a drunk driver as he walked to a nearby pizza parlor. The driver who allegedly caused the accident has since been arrested.

The victim was apparently walking to a restaurant near his place of employment on an afternoon in November. Before he could arrive, however, police say that a 41-year-old driver of a pickup truck ran a red light. The truck reportedly struck a sedan before striking the victim, throwing him into a parked news van.

The pedestrian died at the scene. Members of the news crew also suffered minor injuries in the crash. The driver of the pickup truck has since been arrested, suspected of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

While attempts are made by various organizations to educate the public about the potential consequences of drinking and driving, drivers in California and across the country continue to ignore the harm they could cause and get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol. According to reports, a man has recently lost his life as a result of car accident stemming from such action. While the driver faces criminal accusations, surviving families members of the deceased victim also have the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If successfully presented, they could receive an award of damages that will allow them to manage his funeral costs and other financial ramifications stemming from his death.

Source: mercurynews.com, "San Jose man suspected of DUI in fatal crash near City Hall", Mark Gomez, Nov. 11, 2016

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