A man believed to have been under the influence of medication has been blamed for the death of a 6-year-old boy, according to local sources. Pennsylvania police responded to the fatal accident on the night of April 5, which also saw two other occupants of the vehicle sent to the hospital in critical condition. The driver believed responsible is expected to be charged with DUI and perhaps other charges once the case is turned over to the District Attorney's office.
According to the accident report, a 44-year-old man was apparently driving his pickup truck the wrong way in the westbound lanes of the Kilpatrick Turnpike when the accident occurred. He collided head-on with a passenger vehicle headed the other way, carrying three individuals. A 6-year-old passenger in the car was pronounced dead by coroners arriving at the scene.
The 34-year-old driver and a 9-year-old passenger were both critically injured in the crash and were rushed to local hospitals for immediate care. The 44-year-old driver was also taken to the hospital, where he was listed as being in fair condition. It is unclear from the report how police came to the determination that the driver was under the influence of medication, but it appears he will be charged with DUI-D and could face serious jail time if convicted.
DUI-D is somewhat different than drunk driving in that "medication" could refer to a variety of substances, many of them perfectly legal. Due to the fact that the accident resulted in the death of a young boy and critical injuries to two other accident victims, it is not possible to understate the gravity of the circumstances confronting the wrong way driver. As the investigation proceeds, the man will surely benefit by retaining experienced defense counsel as he prepares to defend himself with respect to the coming proceedings in a Pennsylvania criminal courtroom.
Source: edmondsun.com, "6-year-old Edmond boy killed on Kilpatrick Turnpike", Patty Miller, April 6, 2015