Jared Nobel Berggren appeared in court today and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of his two friends, Jacquelyn Ardalan and Miles Christenson. In addition, he is charged with causing great bodily injury while intoxicated. He is currently being held in the Orange County jail on $200,000 bail, but if convicted, faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in state prison.
The accident occurred several weeks ago when the three youths were driving at around 2:30am in Berggren’s pickup truck. According to Fullerton police investigators, the teens were speeding around 70mph in a 25mph residential area when the car lost control, skid, went off the road, and flew up a hill then hit a tree.
Both passengers were ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. Berggren’s blood alcohol level was .10 percent and it was later discovered that all of the teens had been drinking earlier in the evening.
The facts and accidents like this are repeated yearly with staggering regularity. Youths and alcohol make a dangerous component. Have you been injured as a passenger in a car accident or are you the family member of a wrongful death victim? Speak with an Orange County personal Injury attorney today to answer your many questions and know your rights under the law.