vehicular manslaughter

vehicular manslaughter

n. the crime of causing the death of a human being due to illegal driving of an automobile, including gross negligence, drunk driving, reckless driving, or speeding. Vehicular manslaughter can be charged as a misdemeanor (minor crime with a maximum punishment of a year in county jail or only a fine) or a felony (punishable by a term in state prison) depending on the circumstances. Gross negligence or driving a few miles over the speed limit might be charged as a misdemeanor, but drunk driving resulting in a fatality is most likely treated as a felony. Death of a passenger, including a loved one or friend, can be vehicular manslaughter if due to illegal driving. (See: manslaughter, reckless driving, gross negligence)

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An Antelope Valley Superior Court jury deliberated about four hours before convicting Martinez in October of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two counts of driving under the influence causing injury.
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A mistrial was declared in October in the case of James Herbert White after Antelope Valley Superior Court jurors deadlocked 11-1 in favor of acquittal on a charge of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
An Antelope Valley Superior Court jury deliberated about four hours before convicting Martinez on Monday of the murder charge, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two counts of driving under the influence causing injury.
The suspect will additionally be charged with one count of vehicular manslaughter -- in addition to felony hit-and-run charges,'' Deputy Jeff Perkins said.
The eight-man, four-woman jury found Weller guilty of 10 counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, reaching a verdict 30 minutes into its ninth day of deliberations.

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