A teenage boy, 17, faces charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and may be tried as an adult in the drunk driving car accident that killed a 70-year-old pedestrian and injured 19 people riding on a Los Angeles Unified School District school bus. In Washington state the “vehicular manslaughter” equivalent is RCW 46.61.520 VEHICULAR HOMICIDE.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the teen may be tried as an adult but for now his name is being withheld because of his age.
The teen apparently was driving while intoxicated when he ran a red light and hit and killed Eduardo Gaytan, 70, in Boyle Heights.
The teen’s BMW then broadsided a school bus carrying 18 Roosevelt High School students. The bus flipped on its side and students had to be pulled from the wreckage. The bus driver suffered serious injuries in the bus accident and many of the students suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the BMW and his two 14-year-old passengers were also injured. The two passengers may face conspiracy charges because they fled the accident scene. The definition is conspiracy is an agreement between two or more people to commit an unlawful or wrongful act.
The school bus was not equipped with seat belts because of an exemption due to its age. In 2005, California law required school buses carrying more than 16 passengers to have a three-point seat belt. The LA Unified School District has one of the oldest fleets of buses in the nation and buses in use before 2005 were not required to be retrofitted.
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School bus involved in hit-and-run accident near Yakima
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