Fatal California boardwalk car crash was accident, not rampage: lawyer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man accused of murder for plowing his car into crowds at a California beach boardwalk this summer, killing an Italian newlywed on her honeymoon, did not intend to harm anyone in what amounted to a “horrendous accident,”…

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

The defense attorney in the Venice, CA boardwalk car crash that ended in a fatality is claiming that the incident was an accident rather than murder as charged.  A criminal count of murder under California law requires either a specific intent to kill another human being or “malice aforethought” .  Otherwise the defendant may be guilty of a lesser charge such as vehicular manslaughter.  Either way, he will be very likely found liable for civil money damages to the victim, which would be a separate court proceeding.

Click here for more information on:

1. Civil claims for damages related to car accidents under California law; or

2. California criminal laws related to murder and manslaughter charges

See on www.chicagotribune.com

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