Driving under the influence is a common problem throughout Georgia. Being charged with DUI is difficult enough and can result in serious penalties that can negatively impact a person’s life for an extended period. When there is an arrest for DUI after a motor vehicle accident – especially a fatal crash – the long-term consequences for the person who is facing a conviction for DUI are substantial.
According to recent reports, a 24-year-old man was killed when an alleged DUI driver crashed into him. The accident happened in the morning at around 6 a.m. A female driver, 33, is charged with DUI after hitting the man’s disabled vehicle as it sat on the shoulder of the interstate. The woman is said to have drifted from her lane and hit the vehicle. The impact sent the disabled vehicle into the road, where it was hit by a tractor-trailer. It then caught fire. The driver was pulled from the vehicle, but he died due to his injuries. The woman was arrested for DUI, first-degree homicide by vehicle, reckless driving and other charges. She reportedly has prior arrests for drugs.
DUI allegations are difficult enough to defend against on their own, but when there is a fatal accident as part of the charges, the defense is critical to attempt to avoid a conviction and the inevitable jail time, fines and lost driving privileges. A conviction for a DUI accident in which a person died will have extensive implications. Perhaps there was a viable explanation for the driver to have appeared to have been under the influence. There could be an alternative for a plea bargain. It might even be possible to get an acquittal.
After this accident, a woman is now facing charges for DUI and vehicular homicide after crashing into a disabled vehicle with its driver inside. Still, the alleged driver must have a strong legal defense against these DUI charges.