A San Francisco teenager, who was driving a car involved in a fatal accident that killed a seventeen-year-old girl, has entered a no -contest plea to charges of driving drunk and causing an accident. The accident occurred on Highway 101, when the nineteen-year-old and his 4 friends were driving home from a party. The boy was also distracted by the music on the radio.
A combination of alcohol and distraction proved deadly, and the driver rear-ended his car into the back of a parked car. The victim who was sitting in the backseat, suffered serious internal injuries and died. The other teenagers in the car were also injured, but not seriously. According to police, all of the occupants of the car had been drinking, and the driver’s BAC level was about .16.
The teen driver entered a plea of no-contest to felony drunk driving last week. He could be sentenced to four years in prison. Sentencing will take place in January.
With a blood alcohol level of .16, this teenager was way above the legal drinking limit even for adult drivers. Drivers above the age of 21 are allowed a maximum BAC level of .08%. However, drivers below the age of 21 are barred from driving with a BAC level of .01% in their system.
College drinking or underage drinking is more widespread than California parents realize. However, every San Francisco car accident lawyer knows that underage DUI is pervasive in California, and is linked to several accidents every year. While anti-drunk driving strategies have helped reduce the number of drunk driving accidents involving adults, these have not been as effective at curbing DUI among underage drinkers. Teen drivers often fail to appreciate the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol.