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Upgraded Charges Possible after Fatality in Woman’s DUI Case


A 33-year-old woman was driving herself and three other people home from a funeral when she lost control of her car and it overturned and crashed.

The woman was driving at a high rate of speed when she swerved to avoid a stopped vehicle. When she swerved, the car flipped and struck a tree and light pole. A mother and her son were trapped in the backseat and declared dead at the scene. The third passenger was not injured.

The driver was initially charged with a misdemeanor DUI, but when she appeared in Traffic Court, she was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated DWI involving a death. A New York Injury Lawyer reveals that the charges were upgraded after lab tests revealed her DNA was found on the driver’s side air bag; this proved she was at the wheel and drunk, which caused the death of two people. Her BAC was 0.17, more than twice the legal limit.

She admitted to detectives that she drank three and a half glasses of wine before she had gotten in the vehicle to drive her friend and son home. She also said that the mother had ‘hugged her’ which caused her to lose control. In The Bronx and Staten Island drunk driving is frowned upon to the nth degree.

Driving drunk is a decision this woman made and it resulted in the death of a close friend and her son. This completely preventable act has left its mark on this woman for the rest of her life. With motor vehicle accidents occurring daily that result in injury and death, the great majority of them involve alcohol. There is a reason why every state in the union has declared a legal limit of 0.08 BAC. Alcohol begins impairing mental and physical reactivity after the first drink, and at 0.08, a person has lost many of the faculties that make him or her a safe driver. The problems associated with drinking and driving are so severe that there are even initiatives raising money to place breathalyzers in bars to help patrons realize when they’ve had too much and should call a friend or a cab and avoid a DWI incident.

Motor vehicle accidents stemming from someone’s use of alcohol are sure to affect 1 in 3 people at some point in their lives. Should something happen to you or a loved one, seek the experience of a New York Injury Attorney. Stephen Bilkis & Associates with its NY Injury Lawyers, has convenient locations throughout the New York Metropolitan area including Flushing, NY. Our Personal Injury Attorneys can provide you with advice to guide you through situations where an injury resulted because of another’s negligence. Without a New York Injury Attorney you may lose your rights which may cost you a significant amount of money.

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