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Robert Bregenzer Held on $500K Bail in DUI Deaths

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is bad, but killing someone while driving drunk is even worse.

A man is being held on $500,000 bail after he allegedly caused a crash that killed two others. The crash happened on November 13 on St. Vincent Street right after midnight, reports The Philadelphia Daily News.

The driver has been identified as Robert Bregenzer, 33, of Knorr Street. He has been charged in the deaths of Liang Pan and Zhuoru Chin.

They both died at the scene of the accident.

According to early reports, Bregenzer was either under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash. In fact, The Philadelphia Daily News indicates that police found syringes, pills and other drugs in his vehicle at the time of the crash.

According to the reports by The Daily News, He blew through a red light and hit the Honda Accord, which Pan was driving.

Now, Bregenzer is facing not only DUI charges but also charges of vehicular manslaughter, which explains the high bail amount.

A word on bail: Bail essentially relates to an amount that the criminal defendant must pay in order to "get out of jail." This amount is paid on the condition that it will be forfeited if the criminal defendant fails to appear at any scheduled court hearings.

It's an assurance that the defendant's won't "bail" on the court (no pun intended).

Now, looking at his charges, involuntary manslaughter is the charge of killing someone without ill intent, or "malice aforethought." While criminal intent is really the backbone of a homicide case, it's not fair to say that someone will be off the hook for killing another simply because they didn't mean to kill.

That's why the charge of involuntary manslaughter finds one guilty if the act of the defendant was so inherently dangerous that it showed a depraved indifference to human life. And driving while intoxicated definitely shows a depraved indifference to human life.

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