Month: June 2014

Construction Worker Killed by 19-Year-Old Drunk Driver

Nineteen-year-old Erick Lopez now faces serious charges after being charged with hitting and killing a construction worker in Chicago on Saturday.  The crash happened at 4:18 in the morning in the 4900 block of South Western Avenue.

Lopez allegedly was driving drunk on the Southwest Side of Chicago when he failed to use the proper lane and drove into a construction site.  Jose Tafoya of Merrillville Indiana was working at the site at the time and was hit by Lopez when he lost control of his vehicle.  Tafoya, the father of four, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lopez has been charged with aggravated DUI resulting in an accidental death, having no car insurance, failure to carry or display a driver’s license, improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed.  The prosecutors released Lopez’s blood alcohol content after the accident which was recorded at 0.191 which is more than two times the legal limit in Illinois for an adult driver.… Read More

Driver Pleads Guilty in DUI Crash in Las Vegas

Jail or PrisonAn accident is a terrible event for everyone involved. A mistake or some momentary lapse of judgment has resulted in something that could change, or ruin, lives forever. A good attorney is useful for more than just trying to defend oneself. Legal counsel can allow everyone involved to find a better resolution.

A young driver plead guilty to felony charges that may result in him spending 40 years in state prison. It was his 20th birthday on the day of his plea. He admitted to crashing his car through a Las Vegas restaurant and injuring 10 people during the lunch hour, while under the influence of various drugs, including synthetic spice, marijuana, and prescription drugs.

The driver pleaded guilty in Clark County District Court to two felony charges of driving under the influence causing substantial bodily harm in the crash which occurred in April 2013, just a few blocks from the Las Vegas Strip.… Read More

Father Faces 12-to-25-years in Prison for Death of His Baby Daughter While Intoxicated

Not all alcohol related crimes come from driving while intoxicated.  Sometimes tragedy strikes at home and just like in a car accident, people panic.  That is what happened to an Upper Moreland father who pleaded guilty to 3rd degree murder of his infant daughter.

It is unclear what actually happened on that fateful day over a year ago.  What is known is that a two-month old baby girl died as a result of mistakes made inside a Hatboro apartment.

Edward Doyle, the baby’s father was watching his two-month old daughter while drinking.  He reports that he was carrying his daughter when he tripped and fell on top of her.  In a panic he was not sure what to do but it is clear that he did not call for medical help.  If he had called his daughter may have survived.

Doyle’s attorney was interviewed by local news and said, “I think he was more scared, afraid, upset, didn’t know what to do. … Read More

Delaware County Man Faces Multiple Charges for 4th DUI Offense

dui-you-cant-afford-it-pennsylvaniaAs a Delaware County man recently became all too recently aware, an individual who is arrested in Pennsylvania for a third or subsequent DUI offense faces enhanced penalties if convicted. Therefore, it is especially crucial that an individual who has prior DUI convictions obtain the assistance of an experienced Pennsylvania lawyer when facing new DUI charges.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Peter Mantey was driving his pickup truck in Darby on May 19 when he rammed into a car at Lansdowne Avenue and Garrett Road at about 6:30 p.m. The car was being driven by a 25-year-old man and also contained three young children. At the scene of the collision, Mantey exited his vehicle and told the other driver to follow him to a less-congested area where they could discuss the incident and exchange relevant contact information.

The driver began to follow Mantey, who then did not stop and proceeded on his way.… Read More

Father Pleads Guilty to Daughter’s Death by DUI

Courtroom InteriorMost accidents, even those caused by DUI, end up as the fender bender type of crash. While it’s distressing and aggravating, it’s usually easier to overcome. All too many of these accidents, however, can end in tragedy, with someone severely injured, sometimes permanently. Sometimes, there is death. While nothing can take back these tragedies, it does no good to over-punish the cause of the accident, even if he or she had been drinking. Justice means the penalty is always appropriate to the cause. A good lawyer can help a defendant achieve that, while still respecting those who suffered harm.

A 30-year-old father and resident of Upper Moreland admitted that he was responsible for the death of his daughter before court. The girl was only two months old when he caused her fatal injuries after a night of drinking.

The father told the judge that his own actions caused him to lose his daughter.… Read More

20-Year-Old Driver Facing 40-Years in Prison for DUI Accident

In the United States it is illegal to drink if you are under 21 years old.  For drivers under the legal drinking age, the legal limit is 0.00.  The U.S. has a No Tolerance policy for underage teens that choose to get behind the wheel after drinking.  Penalties for the underage drinkers that do decide to drink and drive are sometimes extremely harsh.  One mistake can change a life forever.

In Las Vegas, a 20-year-old driver pleaded guilty to felony charges for driving under the influence and causing substantial bodily harm.  The accident that happened on April 1, 2013 could have been a lot worse.  On that day, Lindsey drove his 1993 Lexus through the wall of a busy restaurant near the Las Vegas strip. There were many injuries as a result, but no-one was killed.

Following the accident, Lindsey tested positive for Xanax and marijuana. Because of the drugs in his system and seriousness of injuries suffered by restaurant patrons, Lindsey faces up to 40 years in prison for his bad decision.… Read More

Drugged Driving On the Rise

Treburke3The effects of car crashes go beyond those who were immediately involved.  A study conducted by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration says that the cost of crashes nearly $900 for every person in the United States.

This is merely the economic costs.  Add to that a number approximately twice that for the pain and suffering caused by those crashes.  “…today’s report clearly demonstrates that investments in safety are worth every penny used to reduce the frequency and severity of these tragic events,” says US Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Researchers scoured the crash data from 2010 to create the study, The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010.   There were nearly 33,000 fatalities, 2.9 million non-fatal injuries, and 24 million damaged vehicles in 2010.

The top three reasons for crashes are drunk driving, speeding, and distraction.

Key findings (Quoted directly from http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2014/NHTSA-study-shows-vehicle-crashes-have-$871-billion-impact-on-U.S.-economy,-society)

  • Drunk Driving: Crashes caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol accounted for 18 percent of the total economic loss due to motor vehicle crashes and cost the nation $49 billion, an average cost of $158 for every person in the U.S.
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Teen Crashes into Construction Site

Construction SiteBeing charged with drinking and driving is a frightening experience, no matter what the circumstances. The first thing to do in an event like is to seek legal protection in the form of a good attorney. DUI law can be complicated and it is important to find someone who can properly interpret it and apply it so the defendant’s rights are observed and preserved.

A 19-year-old man faces criminal charges after crashing into a construction site in Chicago, killing one man and injuring two others in the vehicle he was driving. Police believe he was driving under the influence at the time.

The driver was charged with felony reckless homicide in a construction zone, aggravated DUI resulting in accidental death, misdemeanor having no car insurance, failure to carry or display a driver’s license, improper lane usage, and failure to reduce speed.

The accident occurred around 4 in the morning.

According to prosecutors, the driver’s blood alcohol content was around 0.191, which is over twice the legal limit in Illinois.… Read More

Criminal or Good Samaritan?

This is a question that will be debated in court now that police have arrested Douglas Odolecki (OH’-duh-lehk-ee) for supposedly violating the First Amendment. How you ask? Odolecki was arrested for holding a sign that warned motorists of a police DUI check point ahead and advising them turn before they got to it. City attorneys claim that the portion of the sign that violates the First Amendment is the portion that reads “Turn now!” This isn’t the first time that he has been arrested for holding this sign either. Douglas Odolecki was arrested back in 2012 while brandishing his warning; unfortunately he had a knife in his pocket at the time and was charged with disorderly conduct.

Citizens deciding to warn others of police check points are not commonplace and we certainly can’t count on such people being around when we need them. If you find yourself in a DUI related situation, it is in your best interests to contact a lawyer immediately, like Steven Kellis.… Read More

Man Crashes into 5 Parked Cars

Car Falling Off a CliffDriving under the influence is never a good idea, but the fact of the matter is that many people accused of DUI got into the car and had no idea they were over the legal limit. Others simply did the wrong thing, as many people do. But should that indiscretion be something that defines them for the rest of their lives?

A man was taken to the hospital by helicopter after he drove into five other vehicles then flipped his car according to police.

It is believed that the man was driving under the influence at around 3:30 in the morning in North Franklin, Washington County, when the accident occurred.

The 59-year-old driver was pinned in his car after it was all over. He was flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh after crashing into a number of parked cars, according to police.

A police sergeant stated the driver was trapped so firmly that firefighters had to cut him out.… Read More