A wedding day is one of the most exciting events that someone can experience. Unfortunately, a newlywed Georgia couple never made it to their honeymoon. A man is facing state criminal charges following an accident that took his wife’s life.
The couple was on their way to their destination following the wedding reception. Authorities indicate that the crash happened when the suspect was reportedly attempting to avoid striking a dog. This attempt caused the vehicle to go off the road, resulting in the suspect’s wife being thrown from the vehicle. However, when the suspect’s blood alcohol content level was tested, the results allegedly showed that he was at .114 percent.
Authorities placed the suspect under arrest after he turned himself in and charged him with vehicular homicide and reckless driving. He was also charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to stay in a lane. He has since been released from jail on a $25,000 bond.
Losing a loved one is a devastating experience, particularly for one who is charged with his or her loved one’s death. As the man prepares to defend himself against the state criminal charges against him, he will need to focus on the nature of the charges and the evidence prosecutors intend to use against him. Having any type of DUI or vehicular manslaughter conviction can have severe consequences, including being unable to obtain future certifications or being unable to continue employment particularly in fields dealing with driving or care giving. The accused man may benefit from gaining an understanding of his rights and the procedures he will likely face in a Georgia courtroom. Since everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, knowledgeable legal assistance could prove to be a valuable asset.
Source: CBS News, Ryan Quinton, Georgia man, charged in crash that killed his newlywed wife, No author, Feb. 28, 2014