Pennsylvania woman charged with drunk driving after accident

A woman who was rescued from a fiery accident by bystanders is now facing serious charges, according to police sources. The Pennsylvania woman is being charged with drunk driving after she allegedly drove her vehicle into a parked car. She is currently still in the hospital recovering from injuries she sustained in the crash. 

The accident report claims the 29-year-old woman was traveling on Route 22 around 2:00 a.m. the morning of Sept. 8 when the accident occurred. The woman reportedly lost control of her vehicle, which was traveling at a high rate of speed. She struck an abandoned vehicle, causing both vehicles to flip under an overpass. 

The force of the impact set both vehicles on fire. Thankfully an off-duty firefighter was passing by and helped the woman escape the blaze. She was rushed to a local hospital, but her injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. Police say they intend to charge the woman with driving under the influence once she has recovered to the point where she can be released from the hospital. 

It is the purview of the Pennsylvania prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt the woman was engaged in drunk driving at the time of her near-fatal accident. Blood tests are routinely taken from accident victims brought into the hospital with injuries, but these are not always reliable barometers of intoxication, given the variety of factors that can influence a person's physiology after a traumatic crash. If the evidence does not stand up to close scrutiny, the charges against the woman could be reduced or even dropped altogether. 

Source: CBS Pittsburgh, "Vehicle Catches Fire After Violent Crash In Smith Twp.", Lisa Washington, Sept. 8, 2016

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