A passenger was killed and a driver injured in a recent car crash in West Hempstead, New York. The driver of the vehicle is reportedly facing drunk driving and manslaughter charges. The young woman was taken to the Nassau University Medical Center and was due to be arraigned as soon as medically practical.
The accident happened in the early hours of the morning. Police claim that the 18-year-old driver from Uniondale was in the eastbound lane of the Hempstead Turnpike when she lost control of her vehicle. That caused the car to strike a parked car and to cross into the westbound lane. The vehicle subsequently came to a stop after it collided with a wall.
The driver shortly called 911 to notify authorities. Tragically, a 28-year-old passenger was declared dead at the scene of the accident. The driver was also injured, although the extent of her injuries was unknown. She is now facing charges of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. As she did not have a driver's license, she is also facing third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unlicensed operation.
As her trial proceeds, a New York court may look favorably upon the fact that she called 911 following the accident. Additionally, it was not clear from a news story as to how she lost control of the vehicle. It was also unclear why she was facing drunk driving charges, as there was no indication that a breathalyzer or blood-alcohol content test was given. It may very well be that, although the accident is a tragedy, it was simply that -- an accident. To fight the charges against her, the presentation of a robust and aggressive defense may be extremely important in securing a fair result.
Source: antonnews.com, "Drunk Driver Slams Into WH Building," Rich Forestano, Dec. 2, 2011