No one ever means to cause a serious car accident, let alone one that causes the death of a friend or loved one. When such a tragedy happens, however, police almost always become involved. And sometimes, depending on the circumstances, they choose to file charges against the driver, which is exactly what happened to a New York man recently.
The 45-year-old driver has been indicted by a grand jury for driving while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault. The charges all stem from an an accident last month that killed the driver’s grandfather.
According to police, the man was intoxicated and speeding down a highway in East Patchogue when he crashed into another motorist. The man’s grandfather was a passenger in the car at the time. The 77-year-old was thrown from the car. He died immediately.
The driver has since pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Being charged with the death of a relative after an accidental crash is a devastating experience. For many people, having to live with the fact that an accident led to the death of a loved one is punishment enough. Police and prosecutors, however, do not see it that way. Fortunately, everyone is allowed to defend themselves in court.
Vehicular assault and manslaughter charges are nothing to take lightly, which is why it is important to build a strong defense if you are planning to challenge the charges. Working with an attorney is a good way to ensure that you are doing what is right for your unique situation.
Source: The Republic, “NY man faces vehicular manslaughter, DWI charges following crash that killed his grandfather,” July 31, 2013