A West Virginia man has been charged with felony DUI for his role in a car accident that ultimately left one person dead and another seriously injured. His charges were upgraded to felony DUI causing death and DUI causing serious bodily injury after one victim died from accident-related injuries a few days later. While a misdemeanor reckless driving charge was dropped, he still faces very serious consequences if convicted of the felony drunk driving charge.
According to the accident report, the driver struck two pedestrians who were sisters. One of the sisters sustained severe head trauma, and both were immediately taken to the hospital for medical treatment. The driver waived his right to a preliminary hearing and is waiting to be indicted by a grand jury. Witnesses say that the driver was speeding, talking on the phone and not paying attention when he struck the two women.
At the scene of the accident, the West Virginia driver allegedly demonstrated erratic behavior, and he showed physical signs of possible intoxication, including profuse sweating and dilated pupils. He would not submit to a field sobriety test, but a warrant was obtained to test his blood for narcotics. The results of that test are not yet known.
The driver must act quickly to build a defense in order to protect his rights and seek the most beneficial outcome to his case. Any previous criminal history does not preclude him from mounting a strong defense against these current drunk driving charges. There is much at stake for any individual facing felony charges, and one would be wise to work with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible after an arrest.
Source: herald-dispatch.com, "Huntington man faces felony DUI charge in fatal wreck", Courtney Hessler, Oct. 13, 2016