Tennessee drivers usually understand the risks of driving late at night. Visibility is low, and there is always the danger of becoming drowsy or encountering drowsy or otherwise impaired drivers along the way. One man is now facing drunk driving charges following a late-night accident that left a family in mourning.
It was nearly 3 a.m. when a 32-year-old woman was driving along the interstate with her two children in the car. For unknown reasons, the woman's car veered from its lane, and the woman was apparently unable to regain control of the vehicle. It clipped a tractor-trailer and skidded across the lanes of the highway, coming to rest in an outside lane. There, according to media reports, a pickup truck driven by a 30-year-old man collided with the disabled vehicle on the passenger side.
The woman and her 3-year-old son died at the scene, and the 1-year-old girl in the vehicle suffered critical injuries. Tennessee police concluded that the driver of the pickup truck was driving while impaired, and they allegedly found marijuana in his possession. This was his second offense, and he now faces serious penalties if convicted.
It is not clear what methods police used to determine whether the man was impaired. However, it is fair to say that the results of any field sobriety tests conducted after such a horrific accident may be questionable. Drunk driving tests can be affected by many variables, and a strong defense may begin by questioning the results of the tests and every aspect of their administration and analysis.
Source: knoxnews.com, "Crash kills woman and 3-year-old son, man charged with DUI", Nov. 29, 2017