Because motor vehicles and pedestrians often share the same space when traveling on the roadways, pedestrian accidents unfortunately occur. While some of these collisions are simply accidents, others are due to negligent and reckless behavior and could result in a motorist facing criminal penalties. A motorist’s involvement in a fatal crash causes some presumptions, which could be drunk driving or reckless behavior. As a result, serious criminal charges could occur, making it imperative that the motorist explore their rights and options when it comes to initiating a defense against the charges.
Fatal pedestrian crash
A fatal pedestrian accident was recently reported in Minneapolis. According to reports, protesters were in Uptown protesting the recent law enforcement killing that killed a man more than a week prior. When protesters were around the intersection of Lake Street and Girard Avenue, a 35-year-old motorist drove into the area and hit a parked vehicle, which then struck and killed a protestor.
After reviewing camera footage captured of the incident, police assert that the driver does not appear to hit the brakes at all prior to crashing into the parked vehicle that struck several protesters due to the force of the collision. This resulted in the motorist being arrested for criminal vehicular homicide and the suspicion of being under the influence.
While no formal charges have been made at the time of this reporting, the motorist’s criminal history was highlighted. It was purported that the accused has a long history of driving while intoxicated, going back 14 years. Based on court records, he pleaded guilty to DWI charges five time. These occurred twice in 2007 and again in 2009, 2012 and 2016. It is further claimed that he was also convicted of driving without a license five times during this time period.
An individual’s criminal history could be considered when facing a current criminal charge. Thus, it is not only important to continually consider how one could address his or her criminal past, but it is also imperative that the accused understand the criminal defense options available to them. Doing so could be very beneficial, as it could help reduce or even dismiss some or all of the charges faced.