Was he Drunk, or just Tired?

Credit: CBSPeople can immediately make an assumption that there was drinking involved when a person loses control of the vehicle. In fact, there are several reasons why a person might lose control of a vehicle, crash into a fence, and strike a parked car.

It was 10pm, late enough for anyone to want to get some sleep. The destination was most likely not far away, passing through the intersection of Shelbourne Street and Wyoming Avenue. The Juniata Park section of the city. A quiet neighborhood. The unidentified man might have been tired, or perhaps he was distracted from having at least four children in the vehicle. Regardless, he lost control of the vehicle, smashing into a fence and hitting a parked car. He is now being charged with DUI.

In the car with this man were four of his children, ranging from 5 to 12 years old. When the car wrecked, these kids were all taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. We are thankful that there was nobody hurt severely in the accident. While there is no dispute over the fact that the man caused property damage, we have to raise the question about whether the man was indeed drinking. Was he drinking or just tired?

What we are more concerned about is the way that the perception is being shaped of this man in the media. If one is to read the comments in the original article, there is a call to release the man’s name for public shunning as well as an admonition to the person who let the man drive.

We defend people who find themselves on the wrong side of media coverage and a DUI. Our attorneys have been trained to find the truth, making sure that no stone is left unturned. If you’re in a similar situation as the man mentioned in the story, give us a call.