Officers with the Riverside Police Department are still conducting a
vehicular manslaughter investigation, which began last month.
The Riverside Press Enterprise, the case involves a one-car accident, which occurred Friday, June 13th
on Bush Avenue. The fatal accident involved a 37-year-old woman and her
69-year-old father. Prior to the accident, the daughter was allegedly
under the influence of alcohol and arguing with her father. During the
argument, the father was adamantly urging his daughter not to drive.
The woman then got into her 2003 BMW convertible, and backed out of the
garage of her family home into the driveway where her father was standing.
She continued to back toward the end of the driveway and struck her father
with the vehicle, killing him. The father was rushed to the local Riverside
Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities were then called to the scene. The daughter was subsequently
taken into custody by police on suspicion of gross vehicle manslaughter
and DUI. She was reportedly still in custody by late June on a $75,000
cash bond at the Riverside County Adult Detention Center.
On Tuesday, July 15th, a Riverside Police spokesperson told newspaper reporters
that investigators were still doing a mechanical inspection of the BMW
to find out if the vehicle's brakes were working properly on that
day. He also stated that formal charges have not yet been filed against
the 37-year old woman.
Legal Definition and Consequences of Vehicular Manslaughter
In California, a charge of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is
a felony offense. A conviction under California law for such charges can
carry a sentence of 4, 6 or 10 years in state prison. According to the
California Penal Code, this offense constitutes the following:
Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is the unlawful killing
of a human being without malice aforethought and the killing was either
the proximate result of the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting
to a felony, and with gross negligence, or the proximate result of the
commission of a lawful act that might produce death, in an unlawful manner,
and with gross negligence.(California Penal Code, Section 191.5)
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