Drunk driving is a serious criminal offense in Minnesota, but never more so than when it results in a fatality. Anyone convicted of criminal vehicular homicide as a result of drunk driving could potentially face a maximum of 10 years in prison or a $20,000 fine for each count. One Eden Prairie man now faces such a fate following a drunk driving fatality accident in August. His 23-year-old nephew, a Marine, was killed in the crash.
According to reports, the accident occurred on Aug. 1 after both men left a bar together in the accused’s Corvette. The 47-year-old man purportedly lost control of his vehicle as he was speeding around a curve. The car hit a utility pole and overturned, ejecting both occupants. The victim died from his injuries at the hospital a short time later. The accused suffered head injuries and a broken leg.
Another motorist told authorities that he was passed by the Corvette, which he estimated was going at least 90 in a 45 mph zone. A short time later, the witness caught up to the accident scene. Investigators determined through blood collected at the accident scene that the accused was the driver. A witness at the bar told police that both men appeared intoxicated when they left. Blood-alcohol tests conducted four hours after the crash indicated that he was more than twice the legal limit.
The man now faces three charges of criminal vehicular homicide in the aftermath of this drunk driving fatality accident. Despite all the evidence and witness statements, he is presumed innocent by Minnesota law unless or until a jury finds him guilty. He would do well to seek legal representation that will defend his rights and focus on putting together the best possible criminal defense against the allegations.
Source: Star Tribune, Charges: Speeding driver was drunk when he crashed Corvette, killing passenger in Eden Prairie, Paul Walsh, Dec. 6, 2013