Drunken driving, driving under the influence (DUI) and intoxicated driving. Whether you live in Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville or anywhere else in Alabama, these simple words cannot cover the range of possible scenarios too numerous to list here. As a Birmingham drunk driving defense lawyer, I have represented many individuals in dozens of drunk driving cases. Some are minor, some others are terribly grave.
One recent news article shows what can happen when a driver mixes a little bit of alcohol with a motor vehicle and a public road. Whatever your experience in this area, even under the best circumstances the personal price of drunk driving can prove truly devastating. But when a fatality is involved, that is when you need to consult with a legal expert in the field of DUI defense.
According to news reports, a Roanoke woman was recent arrested and charged with driving under the influence and negligent homicide when her actions allegedly resulted in a fatal wreck in Auburn, AL, earlier this year. Reports indicate that two Alabama women lost their lives as a result of the accident, which occurred along Interstate 85 on May 17.
Dana McFarland, 33, and Kenneka Houston, 25, were passengers in the back seat of a vehicle driven by the suspect, 29-year-old Sabrina Renee Sutton. The vehicle was apparently stalled on the highway when a pickup truck rear-ended the car, killing the two rear-seat passengers. The driver of the pickup apparently was not charged in the accident, having told police that the truck couldn't be stopped in time to avoid the collision.
Following the crash, Sutton and a front-seat passenger, Ayonna Sutton, then 26, were both taken to East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika for treatment of their injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was reportedly unhurt in the accident.
Now, nearly five months later, it would seem that the authorities feel Sutton's actions resulted in the deaths of those two back-seat passengers. According to reports, police arrested the woman on October 4 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) as well as criminally negligent homicide.
Roanoke woman charged in fatal wreck, TheRandolphLeader.com, October 28, 2009