Pennsylvania woman charged in fatal accident
A woman is faced with multiple felony charges after an accident that occurred last month. The Pennsylvania woman has been charged with vehicular homicide and DUI in relation to the fatal accident. She has also been charged with speeding, reckless driving, failure to obey a traffic sign and not properly restraining the child in the vehicle.
The accident reportedly occurred when the woman was speeding and ran through a stop sign. She crashed into a delivery van ,driven by a 72-year-old man while he was attempting to make a turn. After the impact, the van flipped over and rolled onto another street. The man ended up trapped underneath the van. When emergency crews arrived, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The woman also had her 2-year-old son in the car with her, and he was transported to the hospital for treatment. When authorities questioned the woman about the incident, they observed a cup inside the vehicle that had the scent of alcohol. They also observed her speech slurred as she spoke and her eyes had a glassy look. Her blood alcohol content was at 0.098 percent.
The woman in this case is faced with multiple criminal charges and may have to spend years in prison if convicted. Her legal battles may not end with jail time, and she may end up back in a Pennsylvania courtroom for civil litigation initiated by surviving family members. The family may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the woman for the fatal accident and the court may award monetary compensation if evidence deems the woman’s negligence a causal factor in the death.
Source: mainlanemedianews.com, Bryn Mawr woman charged with DUI in fatal crash that killed Conshohocken man, Linda Stein, Aug. 29, 2013