Motorists in New York City and elsewhere are likely aware that the greater the speed a vehicle is traveling at, the greater the likelihood of the driver losing control of the vehicle. When alcohol is involved, this possibility only increases as intoxication often causes impairment and slowed reflexes.
After drinking and speeding in excess of 100 mph, a man reportedly lost control of his car and crashed into a 7-11 in upstate New York. As a result of the crash, the man’s wife, who was a passenger in the car at the time of the accident, had to prematurely deliver the couple’s child via C-section. The couple’s 10-month-old daughter was seriously injured in the accident and ultimately died as a result of her injuries.
The man purportedly pled guilty to the drunk driving charges against him and, as a result will serve between 4 and 12 years in prison. The man’s blood alcohol level was reportedly well over the legal limit when the accident occurred, but no information was released as to what type of testing was used to determine his level. It also was not reported whether the man was issued a speeding ticket or faced any other charges stemming from his role in the fatal crash.
It may be beneficial to consult with an experienced attorney if you have been charged with speeding, or other traffic violations, especially if those charges are in conjunction with more serious criminal traffic charges. A lawyer will be able to explain all of your options and answer any questions you may have throughout the process.
Source: CBS New York, “L.I. Drunk Driver Sentenced or Crash That Killed His Daughter”, July 23, 2013