After an arrest for suspected DUI, additional charges may be filed that could lead to even more serious consequences, particularly if the charges are related to a fatal car crash. After a collision in Tennessee, a woman was arrested for suspicion of DUI. Because the accident resulted in a fatality, she has since been charged with vehicular assault and vehicular homicide, along with a charge of reckless endangerment.
The accident occurred a few months ago. The accused woman was driving an SUV eastbound. She is said to have veered into the westbound lane and hit four motorcycles. She was initially detained based on outstanding warrants for contempt of court. She also had a 3-year-old child in the SUV with her at the time of the crash.
When she hit the motorcycles, two riders -- a 57-year-old and a 51-year-old -- were killed. Four other motorcycle riders were injured. The accused driver and the toddler were also injured and needed medical treatment.
While the arrest for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault came after the results of toxicology reports were returned, it was not reported what intoxicants were shown to be in the system of the driver charged. In some cases, toxicology reports can prove to be unreliable, depending on the nature of the tests, the manner in which blood was drawn or other factors that may affect test results. No one arrested in Tennessee should simply assume that test results are absolute and cannot be challenged when offered as evidence to prove DUI-related charges, including vehicular assault or vehicular homicide when applicable.
Source: thedailytimes.com, "Walland woman faces slew of charges in fatal parkway crash that left two dead, six injured", Wes Wade, Sept. 12, 2015