Anyone who has spent time behind the wheel of a vehicle likely knows how easy it is to miss a traffic sign or signal, even for drivers who are typically committed to driving safely. Unfortunately, a single missed red light can have serious consequences. In fact, police claim that a missed red light was the cause of a fatal car accident in Virginia. One driver was arrested for DUI as a result.
According to reports, police were called to the scene of a traffic accident involving two vehicles just before 9 p.m. on a day in mid-February. Police say that a 26-year-old driver, a woman, failed to stop at a traffic light at an intersection. They believe that her vehicle then struck a sports utility vehicle, causing the latter to flip onto its side.
The driver of the SUV, a 30-year-old man, was reportedly unresponsive when law enforcement officers arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver now faces multiple criminal charges.
In addition to a DUI charge, the woman is also accused of disregarding a red light and having a suspended operator's license. Despite the accusations against her, it is unclear what led police to believe that she was under the influence or what her blood alcohol content was at the time of the accident. While a loss of life is always a tragedy and the desire for justice is understandable, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt for someone to be convicted of a crime. In Virginia, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help carefully examine the details of a particular case and determine what plan of action is most appropriate for the circumstances presented.