Often when sons and daughters drive with their parents, they use their best driving behavior, attempting to avoid the scrutiny of a backseat driver. Adult children with their parents may also feel protective, and drive as safely as possible to avoid causing injury to a loved one. The sad fact of the matter is that fatal car accidents do happen, and sometime result in injury, death and DWI charges. It is important for all drivers on the road to not only drive prudently, but to also abide by DWI laws.
The terrible consequences of driving drunk with a loved one could be no worse than that in the case of 45-year-old Gary Hendricks and his 77-year-old grandfather. According to the Long Island Press, Mr. Hendricks was driving a Chevy Suburban on Sunrise Highway in Suffolk County on Monday evening, when he rear-ended a GMC truck. The impact caused the truck to go over an embankment, and then roll over onto the corner of a road.
The violent accident caused Mr. Hendricks’ grandfather, Isaac Beal, to be ejected from the backseat of Mr. Hendricks’ vehicle. After being thrown, Mr. Beal was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Mr. Hendricks was also traveling with two other passengers, Donald Fowler in the other backseat, and Tina Downes, in the front seat. Both passengers were taken to hospitals. Mr. Fowler is unfortunately in critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital, while Ms. Downes escaped the accident with non-life-threatening injuries. According to the Long Island Press, the occupants of the truck, a driver and passenger, did not sustain injuries.
Mr. Hendricks was charged with DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. According to longisland.com, Mr. Hendricks is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.
It is important for drivers in all states to know that DWI laws are strictly enforced. Every state has a complex system of DWI laws that includes monetary penalties, jail time, ignition interlock devices and other consequences. The consequences associated with a DWI conviction, are accordingly very severe, and can dramatically impact a person’s family and social life, as well as his or her career. For these reasons, when a driver is faced with DWI charges, the first thing that he or she should do is pick up the phone and call an experienced DWI attorney to review the case.
If you have been charged with violating New York DWI laws, your best chance of successfully defending your case is to call an experienced DWI attorney. The attorneys at Nave DWI Defense Attorneys have years of experience on their side and can help you understand the charges against you and represent you in court. Call the law offices of Nave DWI Defense Attorneys today at 877-418-0075 for a confidential consultation.
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