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Drunk driver kills a young man

A 20-year old man was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a suspected drunk driver early the other morning in Chino.

It was reported that the 22-year old driver crashed into an embankment, killing one of his three passengers. The other passengers, a 19-year old woman and a 16-year old girl were taken to a nearby hospital with major injuries.

California law states that it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. California Penal Code Section 191.5(a) states, "Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, in the driving of a vehicle, where the driving was in violation of Section 23140, 23152, or 23153 of the Vehicle Code, and the killing was either the proximate result of the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, and with gross negligence, or the proximate result of the commission of a lawful act that might produce death, in an unlawful manner, and with gross negligence."

The driver was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.

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