A fatal accident resulted in the death of a bike rider, and now a young man is facing criminal charges for at least the third time. The Mobile, Alabama area man was arrested on suspected DUI and vehicular manslaughter after he struck a cyclist at an intersection. The bike rider was pronounced dead at the scene of the fatal accident.
This young man faces Alabama alcohol related charges for the third time just since 2005. He has a long history of alcohol possession and public intoxication. The fatal accident is seemingly the first incident that brought harm to another person.
The accused has been in jail for earlier charges and has already been arrested once for driving under the influence. There is the possibility that a wrongful death suit could be brought against the man for the fatal accident. The family of the deceased could have enough evidence to be awarded a financial compensation if they are able to establish that fatality was the result of his negligence.
In a wrongful death suit, there must be sufficient evidence that the death could have been prevented. In this case, the family might focus on the man's previous convictions before the fatal accident. They might be able to document that the accused should not have been driving and that their family member might still be alive.
The man is facing serious legal consequences for his actions that are said to have contributed to the fatal accident. There is no word on what official criminal charges will be brought against him, outside of any civil lawsuits he could face. The family left to grieve their relative will need to examine all evidence to decide what, if any, other legal steps they wish to take.
Source: al.com, "Police identify Mobile man killed in DUI; suspect previously arrested with .16 BAC," Theresa Seiger, April 29, 2013