Being arrested on charges of
drunk driving can be intimidating. This is particularly true if one is accused of being
involved in a drunk driving accident that resulted in the death of another
individual. Unfortunately, one man is currently facing this scenario following
a crash involving three automobiles in Pennsylvania.
The crash took place in the Route 22 area, police said. A 42-year-old man
driving a box truck had been following behind a 34-year-old man too closely.
At that time, the older driver struck the back part of the younger driver's
vehicle, which ended up colliding with a semi-truck, according to police.
The younger driver passed away in the collision.
The driver of the box truck now faces multiple charges, including driving
while intoxicated and homicide by an automobile. His other charges include
reckless endangerment, involuntary manslaughter and many traffic violations.
Shortly after the accident, his blood alcohol level was found to be triple
the state's legal limit for driving. The man had previously been charged
with drinking and driving. At that time, the man pleaded guilty; he received
half a year of probation.
The man may decide to strike a plea deal with prosecutors again in this
case, which may result in lighter charges and thus a lighter sentence.
Otherwise, his criminal defense may recommend that he go to trial and
fight the drunk driving charges. Either way, it is the criminal defense's
responsibility to make sure that the man's rights are upheld and his
interests are protected. The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable
doubt that the man is guilty of his charges before any conviction is handed
down in Pennsylvania.
Source: mcall.com, "Alleged drunk driver back in Pa. to face Rt. 22 fatal crash charges", Laurie Mason Schroeder, Oct. 26, 2014