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Philadelphia man charged with DUI after fatal accident

People who are under the influence of alcohol often make poor choices. Unfortunately, when they choose to drink and drive, that choice often ends up having a negative impact on their lives and the lives of others. For this reason, drunk driving charges are prosecuted very seriously in Pennsylvania.

The Philadelphia District Attorney's office has announced that a man involved in an accident that left two people dead is being held on $500,000 bail, facing charges of DUI, vehicular homicide while under the influence, and other criminal charges.

The 33-year-old man was reportedly driving east on Saint Vincent when he ran a red light, according to police. His GMC Yukon ran into Honda, knocking the small car into the opposing lane where it ran into a Jeep. The two men in the Honda, a 35-year-old and a 58-year-old, died at the scene.

The driver of the Jeep only suffered a few bumps and bruises.

The driver of the Yukon was not injured. However, police thought that he appeared to be impaired and arrested him for DUI.

A preliminary hearing for the suspect is scheduled for November 28.

When a DUI charge stems from a fatal car accident, the penalties for a conviction will be very serious, including jail time, as well as fines and the loss of a driver's license. In the aftermath of such a tragic event, it is very important that DUI defendants protect their rights and present a competent criminal defense. By doing so, it is often possible for the defendant to see that the criminal case is resolved in the most suitable way.

Source: ABCLocal.Go.com, "Suspect in deadly DUI crash held on $500,000 bail," Nov. 14, 2012

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