A driver allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian in Brookline and then left the accident scene in the early morning hours of Feb. 9. Law enforcement officials suspect that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
The driver was located after police officers and investigators identified a possible make and model of the vehicle from debris left at the scene. The driver was taken into custody on charges of reckless driving, homicide by vehicle and DUI. He remains in custody at the Allegheny County Jail.
Based on the evidence, officers concluded that the vehicle was a Ford Explorer and located the suspected vehicle parked in a residential driveway after conducting a canvass of the area. Police interviewed the alleged driver and discovered that there were three other people in the car. The driver acknowledged that he hit something, but claimed he did not know what it was. According to police, the driver admitted that he did not stop at the time and instead went home.
The passengers confirmed that the car had struck something but that no one knew what it was. Additionally, the driver admitted that he had been at a bar and that he was drinking. He said that he continued drinking at home. Police tested the driver’s BAC two hours after the accident took place and found that his blood alcohol level was .129.
There are several potential defense options for someone facing serious charges such as DUI and homicide by vehicle. In this story, the driver admitted several potentially damaging things to the police. He acknowledged hitting something and that he had been drinking. If the defendant was made aware of his or her rights prior to making an admission, it may be advisable for this person to avoid a trial and accept a plea bargain. Either way, there are benefits to contacting a DUI attorney.