In my work as a Birmingham, AL, drunk driving defense lawyer, I know how serious a fatal drunken driving arrest can be. Anytime a motorist is put on trial for a fatal alcohol-related traffic accident, the cards are already stacked against that person. Such would appear to be the case for a 71-year-old driver who was allegedly intoxicated when his truck struck and killed a U.S. Marine traveling to meet family in Alabama.
According to news reports, police issued several warrants for the arrest of Bruce Joseph Quayle following the early March death of a 21-year-old Marine lance corporal and severe injury of the soldier's 19-year-old wife. The warrants for Quayle's arrest include vehiclular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road.
The crash that killed Lance Corporal Gregory Suedmeyer occurred on Mach 13 when, according to witnesses, Quayle's ‘08 Chevy Silverado collided with the Suedmeyer's car head-on as they were riding westbound on I-20. Suedmeyer wife, Katelyn, received serious injuries during the accident. Police reports show that the couple's dog was killed in the fatal DUI wreck.
Lance Corporal Suedmeyer, whose family is from the Huntsville area, was transported to Grady Hospital where he died not long after from injuries sustained in the crash. Katelyn Suedmeyer was transported by air ambulance to a local hospital where she was listed in critical but stable condition a few days later.
Quayle reportedly was transported to another local hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Police said that the warrants for Quayle's arrest would be served as soon as the man was released from the hospital.
Warrants issued against man accused of Marine's death, WAFF.com, March 18, 2010