It’s never a good idea to get behind the wheel of a vehicle when you’ve had too much to drink. Doing so could easily result in a very expensive ticket. However, it could also mean putting other people’s lives at risk too. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened back on October 20th in Long Beach when a man decided to drive while under the influence of alcohol, becoming one of the nearly 16,000 Californians who will do so every year.
The victim has yet to be named, but it sounds as though she may have been under the influence herself or otherwise using poor judgment when she decided to cross the northbound lanes of I-710 early Sunday morning. Investigators have not given any other reason for why she would attempt this.
In any case, at the same time she was attempting to cross, Eric J. Nagao, 51, of Long Beach was driving his Toyota Tacoma north. He was the first to strike the woman, but the impact then put her in the path of a Toyota Scion and then a Toyota Camry. She was declared dead at the scene.
All the drivers in the accident immediately pulled over, including Mr. Nagao. However, the California Highway Patrol later arrested him under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
While there is still more investigating to be done, it should go without saying that Nagao needs an attorney ASAP. It’s certainly never a good idea to drink and drive, but Nagao would have been better served if he knew the contact information for a reliable attorney beforehand.
The state of California has a success rate near 80% when it comes to convicting people who have been charged with a DUI. That means even if you avoid hurting yourself or others, there’s a very good chance you’ll still be punished in a major way.