On a recent Tuesday in New York, shortly after 1 a.m., an incident occurred that resulted in a motor vehicle collision. The person behind the wheel is accused of driving while intoxicated. The crash resulted in a fatality.
The driver was a 22-year-old man whose passenger was weeks shy of his 18th birthday. Although an investigation remains ongoing as to the exact events leading up to the crash, it is known that at some point, the car the older traveler was driving smashed into a fire hydrant. The impact was severe enough to turn the car over.
A fire erupted and rescue workers were called to the scene. The passenger in the collision did not survive his injuries. The driver also suffered injuries but was in stable condition when he was transported to the hospital.
Physical recovery will only be one of the man's challenges now that he faces criminal charges for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police noted that additional charges may be pending as well. They also say the driver has several prior arrests for various offenses. An experienced New York criminal defense attorney can assist a defendant charged with driving while intoxicated by building as strong a defense as possible in an attempt to avoid conviction. No matter how serious charges may be, a particular outcome can never be presumed, especially when a defendant relies on aggressive legal representation that can greatly affect the course of events as a case is adjudicated.
Source: abc7ny.com, "Teenager killed when car slams into fire hydrant in fiery crash in Lower Manhattan", Danielle Leigh, Dec. 26, 2017