A man has been accused of killing a woman in a car accident blamed on impaired driving, according to local news sources. In addition to the DUI charge, the Pennsylvania man also faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter and numerous other charges. He was set to appear in court to face these charges on Oct. 5.
According to court records, the 33-year-old man was traveling southbound on Route 4007 on July 21 when the accident occurred. The man reportedly crossed the center line into the northbound lane before striking another vehicle head-on. The woman driving the other vehicle was pronounced dead after suffering multiple serious injuries, while the driver believed to have been at fault was also injured and taken to a local hospital.
Upon investigating the vehicle after obtaining a search warrant, police said they found nine hypodermic needles in the car. Subsequent tests revealed the man had trace elements of the painkiller morphine in his bloodstream, which some medical professionals say could have influenced the man's ability to drive effectively. The man was officially charged on Sept. 28 with a range of charges including driving with a revoked license and homicide by vehicle.
Clearly, DUI is obviously a crime, and it is not recommended that anyone operate a vehicle while taking drugs. Nevertheless, Pennsylvania defense counsel will look closely into the specifics of this case. The burden of proof is on the prosecution, not the defense. Once a defendant enters a plea of not guilty in court, prosecutors are tasked with providing sufficient evidence of guilt that meets the stringent requirements of the criminal justice system. If they fall short, no conviction an occur.
Source: pressconnects.com, "Montrose man facing DUI, homicide charges in crash", Anthony Borrelli, Sept. 29, 2015