Camp Pendleton Marine Charged for Fatal DUI Crash, Death of 3 Fellow Marines

Prosecutors from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office have charged a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter after being involved in a car wreck that resulted in the death of three fellow Marines. As reported by ABC 7, the 25-year-old Marine faces charges after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into a tree while driving with a .16 blood alcohol content on February 13.

The Dana Point Marine drunk driving car crash resulted in the deaths of his three passengers, Marines ages 21, 22, and 23 who were also stationed at Camp Pendleton. Investigators claim that the accident occurred after the defendant drove himself and his fellow Marines after leaving Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point. The Marine suffered brain trauma and a fractured arm for which he still remains in a medical rehabilitation facility. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, with sentencing enhancements for driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than .15 percent and causing great bodily injury.

Unfortunately, this is only one of many fatal drunk driving accidents that will occur in California this year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 791 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2010, 29% of all traffic deaths in the state, and while this was a decrease from 2009 (924 drunk driving deaths), it was still the second highest in the nation.

At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, we understand the severe emotional and financial toll of losing a loved one due to another person’s reckless actions, such as a drunk driving crash. A San Diego wrongful death lawyer with our law firm can get you the compensation you deserve from those responsible for a loved one’s death so that you and your family can cope with the burden of your loss and find justice for the accident. For more information and a complimentary consultation on your case, call our legal team today at 213-514-8332.