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North Carolina accident leads to DWI, felony death charges

The average individual knows that drinking and driving is not a good idea. Yet, every single day, there are individuals who have been drinking that drive along North Carolina roadways. Some of these drivers manage to get where they are going without calling attention to themselves or causing harm to others. However, some of these drivers are not so lucky.

Recently, a 23-year-old woman has been accused of hitting a bicyclist. Officers claim that she did not stop her vehicle, and then collided with another object further down the road. Reports indicate that her vehicle was seriously damaged and a tire was missing.

Officers suspected that she had been drinking and therefore conducted a field sobriety test. Based upon this test and other indicators from the accident sites, the woman was arrested and charged with DWI as well as hit-and-run and other related charges. Since the time of her arrest, the bicyclist died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident, and charges of felony death have been added.

While North Carolina law enforcement officers are adept at their jobs, conducting field sobriety tests and collecting evidence, it is possible that something was missed or not properly completed. These are just a few of the concerns that a defense attorney will address prior to preparing to defend someone accused in a situation such as this one. DWI and felony death charges carry with them stiff penalties; the accused will want someone on his or her side working for the best possible outcome.

Source:, "Woman charged with DWI after bicyclist hit by car in north Charlotte", Mark Barber, June 9, 2017

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