Last Thursday the 58 year-old man accused of driving under the influence and causing a fatal crash appeared in an Atlantic City Courtroom to face the charges against him. The tragic collision occurred on April 10th. One person was killed and two other individuals were severely injured in the crash. The man accused of causing the accident was also injured in the accident and was still wearing a neck brace during the courtroom proceedings. The two injured individuals remained hospitalized at the time of the hearing.
The suspect stands accused of charges including aggravated manslaughter and assault. According to local news reports, the prosecutor asserted that the man’s blood alcohol concentration at the time of the crash was 1.9, more than twice the legal limit.
While all drunk driving charges are serious, when a there is also an accident that results in serious injuries and a loss of life the potential consequences for the accused are of course much more severe. While there is often an impulse to ‘throw the book’ at someone who has been accused of these types of charges, it is still vital that the prosecution be required to demonstrate conclusively that they have credible evidence of all of the elements of the criminal charge against the defendant.
The accused New Jersey man is currently being held on $350,000 bail. He faces a potential prison sentence of up to fifty years and approximately $500,000 in fines if he is found guilty of all the charges against him.
Source: Channel 6 News WPVI “Suspect in DUI crash that killed boy, 9, in court” Nora Muchanic, April 27, 2011