A tragic accident that occurred two days after Christmas has led to criminal
charges. According to a report from NJ.com, a 23-year-old Pennsylvania
woman has been charged with a number of crimes for her role in the accident
that killed one person and injured several others.
The woman was driving east on Interstate 80 in Hardwick Township, New Jersey
in the early hours of December 27 when she crashed her car into another
vehicle travelling westbound. It is alleged that the woman was driving
the wrong way on the freeway, which led to the head-on collision. The
driver of the car she hit was pronounced dead at the scene, while two
other passengers in the vehicle were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
After a short investigation into the crash, the woman was charged with
driving under the influence of alcohol. Police declined to comment on her actual blood alcohol level;
instead simply indicating that it was above the legal limit of .08. The
woman, who surrendered to authorities yesterday, faces one count of vehicular
homicide and three counts of assault by vehicle. The homicide charge is
punishable by up to 10 years in prison, while the assault charge carries
up to 18 months in prison along with a fine of up to $10,000. She remains
in custody, and it remains to be seen whether she will post bail and be
released pending trial.
We find this story important because it is an example of where a skilled
criminal defense attorney can help in negotiating a plea that can help
a person avoid a long prison sentence.
Source: NJ.com, “State police: wrong-way driver charged with vehicular homicide,” Emily Cummins, January 23, 2014