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California Man Confesses to Driving Drunk on Live Television

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

One person is dead after a DUI in which the driver initially fled, but then returned to the scene of the accident.

Details about the DUI Accident

According to FOXLA News, an accident that initially started as a hit-and-run accident ended in a double tragedy for a local family.

The front end of a white sedan was crushed after it collided with a metal pole and sent pieces of the pole and car scattered over the roadway – providing a clear indication of the immense force with which the vehicle hit the pole.

The passenger of the vehicle was killed on impact, but the driver of the car was nowhere to be seen, until he walked up to a reporter and confessed to driving drunk and causing the accident on live television.

The driver, identified as Jose, told the reporter that he was driving at the time of the accident, which was seen in the background of the live shot.

According to his story, his cousin, the passenger who died in the accident, was initially driving, when he stopped in the middle of the freeway and got out of the vehicle and forced Jose to drive because he was even more intoxicated than Jose.

Initially, Jose didn’t want to drive, be said he felt forced to get behind the wheel. Jose then admitted to driving and then losing control of the vehicle, slamming into the pole on Broadway in Lincoln Heights. After the accident, Jose admitted to leaving the scene to get help.

When Jose confessed to the accident on camera, it was clear that he didn’t know that his cousin was killed or that his body was still in the car.

The reporter let the police at the scene break the news to Jose about his cousin’s passing.

Another man at the scene, who identified himself as Jose’s brother and another cousin of the victim, arrived and asked the reporter about the condition of the cousin. The reporter then called one of the officers over to break the news to him, too.

Jose is likely facing charges for driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter charges for the death of his cousin.

Important Information about DUI Accidents in California

According to Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD):

  • There are only four counties in California that have ignition interlock laws in place for convicted drunk drivers.
  • In 2013, there were a total of 867 traffic-related fatalities attributed to drunk driving.
  • Drunk driving-related deaths accounted for about 28.9 percent of all traffic deaths in the state of California in 2013.


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