Vehicular Manslaughter: Revealing the Mystery
Mr. White…On the freeway… With the car?
Unfortunately, not all cases can be solved as simply as Clue. In this case, one could spend 7-21 years in prison for manslaughter.
So what is the difference between manslaughter and murder? In most cases, the prosecutor will typically refer to the automobile as a “deadly weapon” and charge the defendant with “Recklessly” causing the death of another using a vehicle.
But what defines reckless behavior? Why is this law problematic?
Vehicular manslaughter is 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. However, murder is defined as the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought. So an intentional killing without premeditation would be classified as second degree murder or any murder done with “malice”.