Despite the increased presence of law enforcement on the Florida highways during the holidays, lives continue to be lost in crashes that involve drunk drivers. A West Palm Beach resident was charged with DUI manslaughter while he was fighting for his life in a medical center. This followed a fatal crash on Christmas Day.
In an accident report, the Florida Highway Patrol indicates that the driver was heading north on Interstate 95 at approximately 3 p.m. on Christmas Day when he lost control of his SUV. The vehicle came to a halt after rolling over several times. It is unclear how many passengers were in the car, but officials reported that two passengers died at the crash scene.
The driver suffered critical injuries, and he was rushed to a medical facility where he was charged at about 10 a.m. on the day following the deadly accident. The blood alcohol level of the driver was not disclosed, but he will be facing DUI vehicular homicide charges. Further charges include driving with a license that had been suspended and causing damage to property or a person.
Dealing with DUI manslaughter charges from a hospital bed will naturally be challenging, but securing the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney can be an invaluable asset. A lawyer can work to safeguard the defendant's legal rights at every stage of the criminal proceedings. The attorney can launch an independent investigation into the crash that claimed the lives of the two passengers in order to determine the best approach to the pending charges.