Costa Mesa, CA- An Anaheim man has been arrested on DUI charges after causing two separate accidents late Saturday which left one woman dead.

Costa Mesa police suspect Brandon Anthony Alvarez, 22, of being intoxicated when he struck two vehicles in separate accidents Saturday night after 10 p.m.

According to reports, Alvarez was driving a pickup truck when he rear-ended a motorist stopped at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Date Place. Fortunately that motorist was not injured but Alvarez fled the scene at a high rate of speed.

The motorist from the first accident pulled over and notified police immediately.

Shortly after the first accident, Alvarez, who was driving northbound on Harbor Boulevard, ran a red-light and sideswiped a Kia Optima. The driver of the Kia, Marcela Pacheco Garciaguirre, 23, was killed instantly and one of her male passengers was critically injured, KTLA reported.

When police arrived on the scene they found beer cans scattered around the accident scene, and placed Alvarez under arrests for suspicion of driving under the influence, hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. He has since been released on bond.

A DUI charge that involves injury or death is a complex charge and carries stiff penalties often entailing a lengthy jail term. In California, a charge vehicular manslaughter carries a penalty of 16 months to 2 or 4 years in jail and fine of not more than $10,000.

Contrary to what many people think, the consequences a DUI conviction, regardless of whether it involved a fatal or injurious accident, doesn’t stop once an individual has served out their sentence. Many offenders are hit with civil suits is they injured or killed another. The convicted offender can lose their driver’s license and must pay costly auto insurance premiums once it is restored. A DUI conviction can haunt an individual for a decade or more leaving them with a mar of their permanent record. Any DUI conviction however minor it may seem can impact a person’s educational and employment prospects often preventing them from going to school of their choice or getting that job they really wanted.

It is crucial for anyone person facing DUI charges to enlist the services of a DUI attorney immediately. Expert legal assistance will allow the accused to build a strong defense and possibly minimize the resulting penalties.

Some DUI offenders believe they can fight their charges on their own or think it is better to plead guilty and move on with their lives. This can be a mistake since there are ways to avoid a conviction or have their charges reduced. Only a DUI attorney knows how to challenge the state’s evidence and negotiate for a plea bargain if allowed in the state where they were charged.

Whether your DUI charge is minor you need to take the charge seriously, don’t be foolish in thinking this a conviction won’t affect your life. If you need help with a DUI charge contact one of our excellent DUI lawyers in your state to get the help you need.