People involved in fatal DUI collisions will often be charged with numerous crimes. In order to establish their guilt, the Commonwealth generally must only prove their conduct was the cause of the fatal crash. As discussed in a recent Pennsylvania case, the actions of the victims of the crash do not impact the defendant’s guilt. If you are accused of a DUI offense, it is smart to talk to a Pennsylvania DUI defense lawyer regarding your possible defenses.
Factual and Procedural Background
It is alleged that in November 2018, the defendant attended a gathering, smoked marijuana, and later consumed alcohol and cocaine with the decedent. Afterward, the defendant agreed to drive the decedent home. While driving at an excessive speed of 93.2 mph in a 50 mph zone, the defendant crashed into a disabled tractor-trailer, killing the decedent and severely injuring himself. The defendant’s toxicology report revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent, and he claimed memory loss after his first drink.
Reportedly, the Commonwealth charged the defendant with multiple offenses, including Involuntary Manslaughter and DUI. After a jury trial in July 2022, the defendant was convicted of Homicide by Vehicle while DUI, Homicide by Vehicle, and DUI. He then appealed. Continue reading