The question of fault in a car accident is one that may be open to interpretation. If an accident results in death and that death leads to accusations of vehicular assault or homicide, the future of the person charged in the case could be in jeopardy. It is wrong to presume guilt, though it is common to do exactly that.
Anyone facing such serious charges in Tennessee is entitled to a presumption of innocence. They also deserve the most vigorous defense possible -- one supported by an independent, in-depth investigation of all the facts and evidence.
A case out of Sevier County is what brings this to mind. A 27-year-old man is facing a range of charges that include reckless vehicular homicide, reckless homicide and reckless aggravated assault in connection with a July 2012 crash that resulted in three people dying and the young man suffering serious injuries.
According to the man's father, he had gone to Sevier County as a designated driver for a friend and he was on his way home when the crash occurred. According to authorities, the man allegedly acknowledged that he might have fallen asleep at the wheel. They say that he crossed the center line of the road, causing the accident. There is no evidence in any of the reports to date that suggest that alcohol was a factor.
In court action this week, the man learned that he will face trial in the matter on July 17. Before that, however, in April, there will be a hearing to entertain motions regarding the case.
Sources: WBIR-TV, "Trial date set for driver in Sevier Co. triple-fatal crash," Jan. 29, 2013; Knoxville News Sentinel, "Driver indicted in Sevier crash that killed 3," Matt Lakin, Jan. 14, 2013
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