Jennifer Lopez was enjoying a casual cruise in her new car with friend Leah Remini (King of Queens) on Saturday, September 27th in Malibu, California. At a stop light on the Pacific Coast Highway, J-Lo (who was in the passenger seat) whipped out her phone and snapped a quick Instagram picture just moments before a pickup truck rear ended them. Remini’s daughter Sofia, 10, was in the back accompanying Lopez’s twins Emme and Max, 6. Luckily, no one was hurt in the accident, but it all turned for the worst soon after.
The man driving the pickup truck quickly peeled off, leaving a car full of shaken and confused victims behind. According to witnesses, Jennifer and Leah hopped out and the man seemed fine with exchanging information, that is until he thought about what was about to happen. It’s unclear whether or not the fact that it was a celebrity that he hit is what caused him to dip, but combined with the situation in general and his physical condition, he jumped back into his truck and drove away. One of the girls hastily called authorities to report the accident and give details to any nearby units. At some point during the accident, J-Lo found time to post the Instagram photo she had taken just minutes ago and captioned it with some entertaining text, stating
“Sitting at a light, riding high right before some drunk fool rear ended us in my new whip!!!”
There was a cop close to the area of the crash and he was able to zoom down the road and catch up with the truck not too far from the crash, where he was questioned, examined and declared drunk. He was charged with a DUI and Hit and Run. According to Seth J. Bloom of Bloom Legal, the standard sentence for a Hit and Run with little to no “serious bodily injury” is “10 days – 6 months and fines of up to $500.” (Hit and Run Penalties) Couple it with the DUI he was charged for and he could be looking at some harsh penalties. If this was at least his second DUI offensive within the last 10 years, he could be sentenced with “Three to Five years of summary probation; 96 Hours – 1 Year in County Jail; Fines of up to $1,000; and 18 – 30 months of court-approved California DUI school.” (California DUI Penalties)
These are steep sentences for an accident that could have been easily avoided, and considering who Jennifer Lopez is, I’m sure her attorneys are going to have this man serving the maximum amount of everything he can be held accountable for. What if he had stayed? Could something have been worked out? Maybe he could even have a case and a chance to defend himself if desperate measures called. Sadly for him, he’s most likely ruined any chances he had of a generous judge turning the other cheek for a few charges. Drunk driving is never legal and I don’t see a reason for that to EVER be changed. There are companies and organizations out there that specialize in intoxicated passenger transport to and from locations for a fun yet still safe night out with your buddies, so any excuse this guy brings to court is probably going to be ignored, and rightfully so.
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