Monday, October 17, 2011

Personal Injury: Negligent Driving May Result in 20-year Jail Sentence

A drink of cold beer may bring much enjoyment, and also – a 20-year sentence in the prison.

The party-like life of 24-year-old Costa Mesa man, Gustavo Adrian Vega, is about to turn against him as he faces 20-year and four months in jail for killing a college student due to drunk driving.

According to reports, Vega hit Orange Coast College student and model, Cara Lee, February 14 last year, which resulted in the young student’s death. Orange County Superior Court has sentenced Vega as guilty of murder, felony hit-and-run, and felony possession of illegal drugs.

Police investigations had found out that Vega is guilty of negligence as he had blood alcohol content (BAC) of 1.7, or twice as much as the legal limit. Additionally, the authorities have determined that he also had violated traffic rules by ignoring a red light which resulted into the fatal traffic accident.

Vega clearly became negligent with his actions as he violated various traffic rules and laws. In California, pursuant to Vehicle Code (VC) 23152-23229.1, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is strictly prohibited. In addition, under VC 2145-21468, it is unlawful for California motorists to run on a red light.

Aside from violating traffic rules, Vega’s negligent actions are also considered in violation of personal injury law. Under the tort law, it is unlawful for any individual to harm another person because of failure to provide reasonable care. Obviously, Vega failed to take all necessary means to avoid the accident from happening – he was drunk when the accident took place, and he ignored the red light.

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