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Woman charged with drunk driving after fatal accident

Few people disagree that driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous. Too many studies and personal experiences demonstrate the dangers of drunk driving. When alcohol is believed to be a factor in a fatal accident, the accused driver may face a future of uncertainty. One Oklahoma woman is currently in jail after her recent arrest related to a fatal accident last December.

The woman was 20 years old at the time of the early morning incident. Reports say that around 1:30 a.m., she drove her pickup truck the wrong way in the westbound lanes of an interstate and collided with another vehicle. The westbound vehicle was then forced into a third vehicle.

All three drivers were entrapped, and emergency responders had to extricate them from their vehicles. The 40-year-old man driving the second vehicle died in the hospital on Christmas Eve a week after the accident. Investigators determined that the woman allegedly driving the wrong way had apparently been drinking in a local bar just prior to the crash. Police records show her blood alcohol content was .202 the night of the accident.

While drunk driving convictions can carry serious consequences, the severe injuries of the other drivers compounded the charges against the woman. She now faces first-degree manslaughter charges, as well as three counts of driving under the influence and causing bodily injury. Oklahoma residents facing such weighty legal issues would do well to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Having an attorney at the earliest opportunity may allow for the building of a strong defense against these serious charges.

Source: tulsaworld.com, "Woman who police say was drunk when she caused fatal crash arrested on manslaughter charge", Harrison Grimwood, Aug. 28, 2017

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