When an especially tragic incident happens, it’s common for police to immediately suspect DUI. Most people wouldn’t put themselves into those situations if they have control. However, there is always the chance that something else might have happened. That’s why an investigation and proper court procedure are so important.
Here’s one case where there may be extenuating circumstances, and it is indeed a tragedy. At a church in Redondo Beach, California, a children’s Christmas service was leaving. A group of the members were crossing the sidewalk, including several children. According to witnesses, a vehicle swerved around the stopped cars and crashed through the crowd. Twelve people were injured total, and now four of them are dead including a six-year-old boy.
The suspect was arrested for vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI, but several people have stepped forward in the driver’s defense. According to DMV records, the driver had no previous criminal offenses and was handicapped. Her vehicle was equipped with hand controls. It is possible that those might have failed. It is also possible that the driver may have had a bad prescription drug reaction. Toxicology reports are pending.
Whenever someone gets into the news, it’s important not to jump to conclusions until all the facts are brought to light. To make sure your side of the story is heard, call an experienced Pennsylvania DUI lawyer at the law office of Stephen Kellis if you’ve been arrested for DUI-related charges in the state of Pennsylvania.