A DUI allegation often results in accused individuals being painted as guilty in the eyes of the public, despite the fact that all citizens facing such charges are guaranteed the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. One man from another state is now facing a DUI charge after a Connecticut car accident left a 16-month-old girl suffering from a serious head injury. That child sadly succumbed to her injuries later that evening.
The car accident reportedly occurred after the 31-year-old man headed southbound on a Connecticut street failed to yield for a vehicle that had stopped at a traffic signal. The man's Chevrolet Impala slammed into the back of an 18-year-old's Mazda Protege. Both the woman and a front-seat passenger suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, but saw them taken to an area hospital for treatment.
The woman's 16-month-old daughter, strapped into a car seat in the back of the Protege, tragically suffered injuries that ultimately proved fatal. The 31-year-old driver of the Impala also received treatment for his own injuries in the wake of the crash. Police officials have now filed charges against him alleging that he was driving under the influence at the time of the accident. The charges he currently faces include DUI and second-degree motor vehicle assault, along with others. He could also face a motor vehicle manslaughter charge, according to authorities.
Despite what has been reported in this story, the Connecticut justice system demands that all accused individuals be considered innocent until and only if prosecutors prove them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In order to prove a DUI charge, officials will need to demonstrate sufficient evidence that shows a person's blood-alcohol content was over the legal limit. Each person facing this type of charge can choose whether to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors, or whether it may be more appropriate to vigorously fight the charges in a court of law.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "Man Charged With DUI in Crash That Killed Baby," May 6, 2013