A 50-year-old man lost his life in a pedestrian versus car accident. Regardless of the circumstances, that is a tragedy. However, that does not mean that the driver believed to be involved in the crash does not have the right to challenge the charges he may face in connection with the accident. Police suspect the man of DUI, and he was booked into the jail in the Texas county where the incident occurred on a charge of intoxicated manslaughter, along with other charges relating to drugs.
The accident occurred around midnight. A vehicle left its lanes, veered into oncoming traffic and then jumped the sidewalk. Unfortunately, the pedestrian had no time to get out of the way of the out-of-control vehicle and it struck him. The vehicle then veered back on the road and finally came to rest after hitting a bus stop.
When police arrived, they "evaluated" the driver and suspected him of driving under the influence. Police took him into custody and transported him to jail. Now, he faces an uncertain future as he challenges the charges against him.
Just because police suspected the Texas man of DUI does not mean he will be convicted of intoxicated manslaughter. An investigation into the circumstances, including the incident and any contact with police could reveal mistakes or violations of an individual's rights. With the right criminal defense team, it may be possible to have the charges, and the associated penalties, reduced or even dismissed depending on the situation.
Source: mysanantonio.com, "Police ID alleged drunk driver accused of striking, killing pedestrian on Northeast Side", Caleb Downs, Sept. 14, 2017