California investigators are still examining evidence to determine what or who may have caused a recent collision in Madera County. Preliminary investigations show that there was one vehicle involved in the crash. Police say that evidence suggests that the driver may have over-corrected his steering, sending the vehicle over a nearby embankment.
Investigators believe driver intoxication may have been an issue
The 63-year-old man behind the wheel of the vehicle at the time is suspected of DUI. He suffered severe injuries in the collision and was transported to an area hospital for emergency care. A 41-year-old woman was traveling as a passenger in the vehicle. Sadly, she did not survive the crash.
The travelers had been at a casino earlier in the evening
Police stated that the man and woman who were traveling together moments before the fatal collision had visited a local resort and casino that same Wednesday evening. Investigators say they left the establishment at about 8:30 p.m. but never it made it to their destination. The driver’s identity had not yet been released to the public.
If a drunk driver causes a fatality
In California and throughout the country, drunk drivers are menaces to the roadways. If a person has illegally operated a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and has caused a collision that resulted in a fatality to another person, he or she may wind up facing criminal charges in court. It is also possible that an immediate family member of the decedent might file a wrongful death claim in a civil court to seek restitution, meaning financial recovery for losses.