A collision with a UPS truck has led to the death of a passenger and injuries to another passenger. The accident on the Tennessee roadway has also resulted in criminal charges for the man who was behind the wheel of the car that was hit by the UPS truck. The 45-year-old man is facing multiple charges, including DUI and vehicular homicide.
The accident occurred when the man was trying to turn his Avenger into a driveway. The UPS truck hit his car. A female passenger in the car died and a man in the back seat suffered injuries. The driver also had his 8-year-old daughter in the car and she was not injured. Police found an open can of beer in the console.
An additional charge that the man faces is related to having a minor in the car. He was charged with child endangerment. According to the police report, he did admit to having half of the beer. He also admitted to smoking marijuana that day. However, there is no mention of field sobriety tests or other tests conducted to confirm impairment.
The criminal charges that the man faces can have serious consequences, such as jail time, loss of a driver's license and high fines. Anyone facing vehicular homicide charges in Tennessee, in addition to other charges related to an accident, may want to explore the exact details of each individual charge and what the possible penalties for each charge may be. Also, the exact nature of any purported evidence, such as field sobriety tests or blood tests, should be examined and possibly disputed or challenged in court.
Source: commercialappeal.com, "Driver charged in fatal crash involving UPS truck", Yolanda Jones, Oct. 30, 2015