Month: July 2013

Teen Faces Criminal Charges Following Fatal DUI Texting Collision

striped-road-asphaltA recent news article reports that a 19-year-old western Pennsylvania teen was charged with homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter following an accident last year in which the teen driver crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and hit a car, killing both its driver and passenger. Authorities claim that the teen was texting and driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the fatal accident. Although the teen’s Pennsylvania DUI attorney claims that the teen was not texting when the collision occurred, phone records allegedly indicate otherwise.

The teen’s attorney also alleges that the teen was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Although the police acknowledge that the teen was not legally intoxicated, he was charged because he was a minor who allegedly had some alcohol in his system at the time of the accident. Under Pennsylvania law, a minor may not have physical control over the movement of a vehicle when having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02% or greater, as measured within two hours of the time that the minor has driven, operated, or been in actual control of the vehicle.… Read More