Deadly crash leads to DUI and homicide charges

A woman from Shelbyville, who is 74 years old, is accused of causing an accident back in December. Another Shelbyville woman was riding in the other vehicle, and she was killed in the crash. She was 66 years old. Now, the investigation has been concluded and the 74-year-old woman has been charged with reckless endangerment (four counts), driving under the influence, and vehicular homicide.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the woman was not under the influence of alcohol, but of numerous medications. They had to do a blood analysis to confirm this, though the woman herself said that she had absolutely no memory of the crash. When the TBI discovered what drugs were in her system, they came to the conclusion that she should not have taken them and then operated a motor vehicle. The exact drugs, however, were not released to the public.

The crash actually involved four total vehicles, though there was only one death. According to authorities, the 74-year-old woman went out of control on U.S. 41A South, hitting a van. They say that she continued on, running into the side of an SUV, got all the way in front of the third car and caused a head-on collision. The woman who died was the passenger in that car, and her husband was behind the wheel.

The woman who was charged has been released and awaits trial. Her bond was set at $20,000.

Alcohol does not necessarily have to be involved for a DUI accident to occur, as this story illustrates. Those who are injured in these types of accidents must know what rights they have to compensation.

Source: Shelbyville Times-Gazette, "Driver in fatal crash charged with vehicular homicide," BRIAN MOSELY, April. 28, 2015

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