A 25-year-old man accused of being drunk behind the wheel is facing serious charges following a fatal car accident, local sources have reported. The Pennsylvania man has been charged with DUI and vehicular homicide in connection with the car accident that killed two people in Philadelphia. It is unclear whether the man has secured legal counsel, but he was in police custody at last report.
Accident records are still somewhat unclear, but it appears the man was traveling on Route 100 in Exton when the accident occurred. His truck reportedly struck a minivan carrying six people. Two, aged 18 and 19, were thrown from the vehicle and killed on impact. The other four individuals, none of whom have been publicly identified by police, were rushed to local hospitals with injuries of various severity.
The man was summarily arrested, though it is unclear what led police to determine he was intoxicated as no mention of a roadside or other sobriety test being administered was made in the report. There has also been no mention of the man's blood alcohol level. He was transported to a local jail pending further proceedings.
Police will have to turn over any and all evidence of the man's allegedly drunk status to prosecutors for review by the state and defense prior to trial. In order for the man to be found guilty of DUI, the evidence submitted in court will have to prove he was over the Pennsylvania legal limit of .08 at the time of the accident. Additionally, police will need to provide evidence that any blood alcohol level testing was done in accordance with due process, or else the evidence could be ruled inadmissible in court.
Source: dailyjournal.net, "Man, 25, charged with DUI, homicide by vehicle in crash that killed 2 in Pennsylvania", Feb. 16, 2015