Police in Louisiana seem to be dealing with an increasing number of drivers who are allegedly impaired. Some are fortunate enough to avoid causing harm, but others meet with tragic events that change their lives and the lives of others. One woman in Louisiana is facing vehicular assault or homicide charges following a devastating accident that claimed the life of another driver. While the woman may have made some poor choices, she still has rights which must be defended.
Around 5:30 a.m. one morning, the woman was allegedly driving her pickup truck north in the southbound lane when she collided head on with another vehicle. The driver of the other car sustained critical injuries. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance and died a short time later. The woman received minor injuries in the crash, and police attribute this to the fact that she was wearing a seat belt.
Louisiana police also believe the woman was driving while impaired by narcotics. She was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and driving in the wrong lane. She was also charged with operating a motor vehicle with an expired license.
While the death of the man is tragic, the woman's defense attorney may ask the court to consider that the man was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. His injuries may not have been as critical if he had followed safety precautions. The woman's attorney may work to have the vehicular assault or homicide charges reduced or dropped.
Source: theadvocate.com, "Man killed early Saturday in head-on crash in Watson, other driver arrested", Oct. 22, 2016