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Drunk driving and related charges follow deadly accident

When young people are involved in motor vehicle accidents, they may live the rest of their lives with the scars, both physical and emotional. The lessons and warnings they may have received as they learned to drive are brought home in the most painful way. When these accidents involve charges of drunk driving, a young person may face a very uncertain future.

One Oklahoma 18-year-old is in such a situation following a tragic accident in the early morning hours of a recent Wednesday. The girl was driving a vehicle with three passengers when she lost control of the vehicle, and it struck a curb. The impact sent the car rolling, and as it rolled, two passengers, a 16-year-old and a 19-year-old, were ejected and thrown onto the highway.

It is believed that at least one passing vehicle ran over the injured 16-year-old, who died at the scene. The 19-year-old was in critical condition when emergency crews transported him to the hospital. A third passenger was hospitalized, and the driver escaped with just minor injuries. Oklahoma police say she showed signs of impairment, and they arrested her for DUI. She also faces more serious charges of causing great bodily injury and second-degree murder resulting from the accident.

Without question, such an accident will deeply affect many people. The young woman accused of these crimes may face a lifetime of consequences, including the possibility of time behind bars if she is found guilty. Those in similar circumstances facing drunk driving charges may benefit from knowing they have rights, including the right to a strong defense. With legal representation, the accused can be assured that someone is seeking the best possible outcome for them.

Source: koco.com, "Driver could be facing DUI, second-degree murder charges after deadly I-240 crash", Dec. 6, 2017

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