A California Lyft driver was killed in a drunk driving accident when he stopped on the side of the road to offer aid to his sick passenger last weekend. The drunk driver was not only driving without a license but faces murder charges in the accident and faces 30 years in prison if convicted.
Police say the drunk driver faces multiple charges for the crash last weekend. Some of those charges including driving on a suspended license, driving under the influence causing injury, leaving the scene of a crime, second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. According to San Diego Deputy District Attorney, the drunk driver had prior DUI convictions.
Officials say the 41-year old victim pulled over on the side of State Route 94 to help a sick passenger that he picked up as a Lyft driver. As he stepped out, a drunk driver rear-ended the vehicle. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene according to police. The family of the victim says the father died on his birthday. Police say there were other victims in the crash including three other passengers. Officials say the drunk driver tried to run away from the crash but was detained shortly after.
The District Attorney's office is aggressively seeking justice for the victim and his family. Officials say this is the fifth DUI fatality case in the last five weeks in San Diego and prosecutors are seeing an increase multi-substance abuse driving. The family of the victim says the man was trying to make extra money driving for the Lyft company after he recently graduated from Dental School.
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