Louisiana police claim that a drunk driver caused a serious car accident that injured two teenagers and killed one other. The driver is facing multiple charges, including driving while impaired, vehicular homicide and no seat belt, among others. These types of charges are quite serious, but a carefully constructed criminal defense may help minimize any potential consequences for Lake Charles defendants.
The crash happened at approximately 9:30 p.m., when a 24-year-old driver allegedly crossed the center line of traffic. His truck moved directly into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by a teenage girl, and there were also two other teens in the vehicle. The two vehicles collided head-on, sending all three teens to the hospital where one of them later died. Police say that all three were wearing seat belts.
When asked, the driver accused of causing the accident submitted to a Breathalyzer test, which determined that his blood-alcohol content was at .179 percent. This is significantly higher than the .08 legal limit for driving. He was also injured in the accident, so he was initially treated for minor injuries at an area hospital before police took him into custody and booked him into jail.
Authorities are still investigating the collision, and in such cases it is not uncommon for police to file additional charges. However, this should not prevent defendants in Lake Charles from beginning work on their criminal defense plans. Early and timely action is often an essential part of preparing to either negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution, or to fight the charges to a person’s fullest extent.