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