Man Suspected Of Causing Dui Death Hours After Fentanyl Od

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of causing a fatal DUI crash that occurred just hours after he left a hospital for treatment of a fentanyl overdose, authorities said Thursday.

Kyu Chen died in the crash around 4 a.m. on Sept. 27 in Irvine, the Orange County Register reported.

She was on her way to work when her Prius was broadsided by a Mercedes driven by a 21-year-old man.

Prosecutors said the man was coming from a hospital after being saved from overdosing on fentanyl.

"Instead of taking that near-death experience to heart, he continued to engage in incredibly dangerous behavior and it cost Mrs. Chen her life,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement.

The defendant was arrested Tuesday and remains jailed on more than $1 million bail. If convicted as charged, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life.

The defendant had a previous DUI arrest in Huntington Beach in 2019, the Register reported.