In Oklahoma recently, a man who was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol struck and killed a woman who was walking to a convenience store at approximately 3:00 a.m. She was with a friend who was injured in this accident. Her family is, understandably, distraught because of her death.
One man was driving an SUV while his passenger, his brother, was riding with him. Reportedly, they had both been drinking. At first, the driver, a 19-year-old male, told the Oklahoma State trooper that he had only had a few beers that night. He later admitted that he had as many as 12. By the time the troopers were able to test his blood alcohol level, it was hovering at the .026 level, which is still high enough to charge a person under the age of 21 with driving under the influence.
The man and his passenger are both charged with crimes. The driver was charged with six other counts altogether. Those charges included leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving under the influence of alcohol causing great bodily injury. In addition, both men are charged with obstructing an officer. The mother of the two was charged with accessory after the fact and obstructing an officer.
Losing someone to the reckless actions of another person is so disheartening. The girl's family may wonder if they could have made a difference had they been there when the accident happened.
An attorney experienced in wrongful death cases can answer your questions and provide you with your legal options for seeking compensation.
Source: Tulsa World, "Driver in Rogers County fatal hit-and-run admitted drinking 12 beers, trooper testifies," Rhett Morgan, Nov. 14, 2015