According to a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, a 49-year-old Bucks County woman has been charged with homicide by vehicle for her role in the drunk driving accident that led to the death of a motorcyclist in Solebury Township on the morning of July 16. The victim was a Canadian man who was riding his motorcycle on Route 202 when he was struck by Nancy Smith, who was driving her SUV with her 15-year-old daughter and attempting to turn from Route 202 into the Logan Square Shopping Center. At the time of the accident, Smith’s blood alcohol content level was 0.288 percent, which, as any Bucks County PA DUI lawyer can tell you, is more than three times the legal limit in the state of Pennsylvania. Allegedly, Smith had consumed alcohol the night before the accident, and had awoken at 4 a.m. to do housework after sleeping only for a couple of hours.… Read More
According to a recent Philly.com article, a 23-year-old Delco woman is facing vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter, and DUI charges stemming from an accident last summer in which her 21-year-old male passenger died. The woman reportedly was driving west on Enterprise Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia in July 2012 when she drifted onto the shoulder of the street and slammed into a stopped tractor-trailer. The collision caused severe head and body trauma to her passenger, who died two days later at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.
As this case illustrates, what may be a simple case of DUI can quickly become a much more serious crime when severe injuries or death results from the incident. While many DUI cases never involve an accident or injury to anyone, some do, which can expose the intoxicated driver not only to civil liability, but also to multiple criminal charges with harsh and serious penalties that have the potential to negatively impact a person’s life for years to come.… Read More