A West Virginia woman is now facing a DUI charge in connection with an accident that took place earlier in the year. The driver, allegedly drunk at the time, struck a person, ultimately resulting the death of the pedestrian. A jury just charged the 24-year-old woman with drunk driving and causing death, which is in addition to various other charges related to the fatal pedestrian accident.
The drunk driving charge came at a later date, adding to the original charges of failure to lend aid and failure to stop at the scene of the accident. According to the report, the woman fled the scene of the accident, claiming that she thought she struck a deer. Evidence found by West Virginia law enforcement revealed that she knew a person had been hit, not an animal. It is also known she was served alcoholic drinks earlier in the evening.
The pedestrian was found the following morning on the side of the road. The man had been walking home after work when he was struck by the vehicle. Tragically, the death could have been avoided if the woman had made the wise decision to refrain from driving drunk.
The consequences of drunk driving can be severe, as illustrated by this fatal accident. The actions of the driver cannot be undone, but she can be held accountable for her actions behind the wheel. Whenever a drunk driver causes harm, victims and families of those who died can seek compensation from a civil claim. Civil action against a liable driver is separate from any legal charges that may be pending.
Source: heraldmailmedia.com, "Martinsburg woman faces drunken-driving charge in pedestrian death", Matthew Umstead, May 19, 2015