San Leandro, CA- Police suspect a 19 year-old man was drunk when he caused the head on crash in San Leandro that a left another motorists dead Saturday night.
Police were called to the accident scene which once lieutenant described as a “horrible tragedy” at 10:45 p.m. Saturday night, according to the Patch.
Police say that Jesus Antonio Godinez, 19, was traveling northbound at a “high rate of speed” on E. 14th Street when he crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic near Davis Ave. Godinez’s vehicle struck another vehicle with two motorists head-on.
The driver of the struck vehicle, a 32 year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene, according to a Patch. A 56 year-old passenger suffered serious injuries, but is expected to recover. Neither of the victims’ names have been released to the public pending notification of their families.
Godinez was also injured and was taken to a local hospital for treatment where he is under guard because police believe he was drunk at the time of the accident. He will be taken into custody once he is released from the hospital.
“This is a horrible tragedy that will impact the San Leandro community,” San Leandro police Lt. Robert McManus said. “We offer our condolences to the family of the man that lost his life due to another senseless act.”
Godinez has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter.
Teens and drivers under the age of 21 represent almost 10 percent of all license drivers in the U.S., yet they cause an average of 17 percent of all traffic fatalities. Under age drivers are less experienced and tend to take more risks when they drive. They don’t wear seatbelts and often have very high concentrations of alcohol in their system when they cause drunken driving accidents. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teenagers who are involved fatal drunk driving accidents have an average BAC of .40—five times the legal limit of .08.
Underage drinking is not tolerated in most states, and California is no exception. The state, like many others, has a “zero tolerance” policy and any underage driver. Any underage driver with a blood alcohol concentration .01 can be charged with a DUI and face penalties. Teens with a BAC of .05 of more often face full-blown DUI charges similar to what adults face.
What teens doesn’t seem to realize is that a DUI charge not only has criminal consequences, but affects their future as well. Most colleges require teens to disclose their arrests on admission applications. If convicted of a DUI, a teen can be blocked from receiving financial aid.
Teens and adults know they shouldn’t driver under influence but many drivers young and old have a casual attitude and fail to recognize how risky the behavior can be. Everyone knows that but it doesn’t stop people from getting behind the wheel when they’ve had too much drink or have drugs in their system. DUI attorneys are there to help both teen and adult offenders neutralize the penalties of driving under the influence.