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Two drivers cited for drunk driving in fatal crash

New York residents are well aware of the increased emphasis on speeding and pedestrian safety in the city. That, however, does not take away from any efforts to crackdown on driving while intoxicated. The penalties for a DUI conviction remain as strong today as ever. Paying steep fines, losing driving privileges, being required to use ignition interlock devices in order to drive again and even spending time in jail are all common consequences that defendants can incur if they are convicted of these types of charges.

Today, two drivers will be navigating the legal system in light of their recent arrests for drunk driving as well as vehicular manslaughter. The men, one a resident of Brooklyn and one a resident of Queens, were involved in an accident that claimed the life of one woman. The incident happened on Eastern Parkway, one of the roads with a current a speed limit of 25 miles per hour as opposed to its previous 30 miles per hour. The lowered speed limit resulted as part of the mayor’s Vision Zero plan. News reports did not indicate if speed was involved in the crash.

The Queens man was driving a Nissan sedan with two female passengers inside and was hit by a Chevrolet Camaro being driven by the Brooklyn man when attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Troy Avenue. The front-seat passenger was treated and released at Kings County Hospital but the back-seat passenger died while en route from the accident scene to the hospital. After striking the Nissan, the Camaro subsequently hit additional cars parked nearby.

Many complexities can arise in cases like this as the defense process unfolds. People charged with DUI or DWI offenses may find it helpful to get legal advice from an experienced attorney.

Source: New York Daily News, “Drunken crash kills woman on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn,” Dale Eisinger and Joseph Stepansky, August 17, 2014

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