An elderly husband and wife from Maryland were killed recently in a horrific crash that ultimately involved three vehicles. A third person in the couple's vehicle survived the crash, and was in critical condition in an area hospital at last report. The early stage of the investigation has led police to believe that both speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. These preliminary conclusions have resulted in two drivers being charged with DUI.
The elderly couple was traveling south as a northbound vehicle approached them. That northbound vehicle veered into the lane of the elderly couple hitting them head-on. The vehicle then veered back into the northbound lane directly in front of a second vehicle.
There was no report regarding the injuries, if any, of the other two drivers. The case will also be reviewed by Baltimore County prosecutors. It is possible that additional charges could be filed against one or both drivers as a result of that review.
Drunk driving charges can carry serious penalties upon conviction, especially if DUI-related deaths are involved. Reports did not indicate whether the two gentlemen charged with DUI were given field sobriety or breath tests at the scene, or if they provided blood samples for authorities to analyze. Anyone accused of a crime in the state of Maryland is considered innocent until and unless proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. As part of any DUI defense, a thorough review of the procedures followed by police at the scene is in order. If any mistakes were made by police, or the rights of the accused men were violated in any way, the charges against them may be dismissed.
Source: CBS Baltimore, 2 Drivers Cited For DUI In Hunt Valley Fatal Crash, Linh Bui, Nov. 8, 2013