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SUV driver faces DWI charge after striking bicyclist in crosswalk

When New York drivers face drunk driving charges, they likely recognize the devastating consequences that the charges could have on their futures. Fortunately, every accused motorist has the right to have his or her interests protected in a court of law. A 21-year-old man pleaded not guilty to a DWI charge recently.

The accident happened on a recent Friday evening when a 29-year-old male bicyclist was reportedly in a crosswalk, trying to get across the highway. Police alleged that the bicyclist was struck by an eastbound SUV that was driven by the 21-year-old motorist. Bystanders attempted to save the life of the bicyclist by performing CPR until he was taken to the hospital by ambulance. He was later declared dead.

The driver of the SUV was arrested after being treated for minor injuries at the hospital. It was reported that the man admitted to having consumed alcohol and to being the driver of the SUV. A reconstruction team assisted others in the investigation. The results of the toxicology tests are pending, and the district attorney's office indicated that, depending on the test results, more felony charges may follow. The SUV driver's bail was set at $25,000 cash.

When New York drivers are accused of DWI, they may want to seek help to have their interests protected throughout the criminal proceedings. An understanding of the charges, the New York court procedures and the state laws may be beneficial. The prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt before a guilty verdict can be obtained.

Source: The East Hampton Star, "D.W.I. Charge for Driver in Bicyclist's Death", T.E. McMorrow, May 3, 2014

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