Tustin Man Arrested for Fatal DUI Crash in Santa Barbara

Richard L. Rodriguez was arrested on Sunday morning in Santa Barbara on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence. Allegedly, Rodriguez was heavily intoxicated and driving the wrong way on Highway 101. A vehicle was heading straight for him and the cars colliding, trapping all four passengers of the other vehicle. Two passengers of the car died immediately upon impact. The other two passengers were taken to the hospital with severe injuries. Rodriguez was also injured and after being released from the hospital, was arrested. Highway 101 in the Santa Barbara area was closed down for 5 hours due to the accident.

Rodriguez was only 20 years old and was drunk at the time of the accident. People under 21 should not be drinking because they are not mature enough to handle alcohol and its effects. Because of his decision to drink and drive, he will likely spend a large portion of his adulthood in prison regretting his decision to drive drunk. A defense attorney may argue that he should be granted some leniency due to his age. Other possible defenses include medical conditions or road conditions. Whether you live in Aliso Viejo, La Palma or Huntington Beach, if you are charged with DUI manslaughter, call an experienced DUI defense attorney to assist you.

If you want to know more about driving under the influence, DUI manslauhttps://www.williamweinberg.com/lawyer-attorney-1127622.htmlghter, or your own charges, call Orange County criminal defense attorney William Weinberg @ 949.474.8008 in his Irvine office.