There are few things in life as important to people as family and friends.
While family relationships can be challenging from time to time, friendships
are often a port in the storms of life. That's why it can be potentially
devastating when someone stands accused of causing the death of a friend.
Unfortunately, one Pennsylvania man may be charged with a DUI that supposedly
led to the death of a passenger -- quite possibly his friend -- when they
were involved in a serious car accident.
Pennsylvania authorities have stated that they intend to file charges of
intoxicated driving against the 26-year-old man, who they said was driving
the car around 1 a.m. on a Sunday morning. According to the reports, the
man was traveling along a road in Dauphin County when his sedan crossed
over the dividing line. The vehicle then crashed into a car that was traveling
in the opposing lane.
The passenger in the first car, also 26 years old, reportedly died from
his injuries at the scene. The three occupants of the second vehicle were
all hurt in the wreck, and two of them, along with the accused driver,
were transported to the same medical facility. The first driver was seriously
hurt, while at least two of the other parties were less seriously injured.
There was no report concerning the severity of the injuries of the other
driver. Three of the injured were reported to have not been using their
safety restraints, including the victim who was killed.
Apart from the DUI charges expected in this matter, the driver who is believed
to have caused the accident was charged with other offenses earlier this
year and was awaiting further legal proceedings in that matter. At this
time, while he is seeking to recover from his injuries, he may also be
struggling with the realization that the accident resulted in the death
of another person. Nevertheless, the severe consequences that he could
face were a conviction to be secured require that he focuses his efforts
on his criminal defense to all of the Pennsylvania charges. There are
a number of unanswered questions concerning this tragedy, and defense
counsel will need to begin the process of carefully examining the proposed
evidence and arrest record as this case moves forward.
Source: cumberlink.com, "DUI charges expected in fatal Dauphin County crash", , June 11, 2014