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Man charged for DWI after fatal limo crash

Many Michigan residents likely saw the news reports about a 55-year-old man who was charged with DWI after his pickup truck broadsided a limousine that was carrying eight women on July 18. Four of the women were killed, and the other four women were injured. Prior to the crash, the limousine occupants had been on a tour of eastern Long Island's wine country.

Although the pickup truck driver was charged for drunk driving after the crash, the Suffolk County district attorney stated on July 24 that a lab report revealed the man's blood-alcohol content was only 0.066 percent. The test was administered one hour and 40 minutes after the accident, and toxicologists have stated that the man's blood alcohol level was probably over the legal limit of .08 percent when he crashed.

The accused man pleaded not guilty to his DWI charge, and his bail was reduced from $500,000 to $50,000 after the lab test results came back. The man's lawyer insists that the man was neither drunk nor responsible for the crash. According to authorities, the man was performing a legal U-turn at the time of the accident. The police chief in Southold says that limousine drivers are often ticketed for illegally backing into that same intersection, but it is unclear if the limousine driver in this accident was backing up.

A lawyer may be able to help a driver who is facing a DWI charge to dispute the prosecution's allegations. If blood alcohol test results are below the legal limit or within an established margin of error, a lawyer might argue that the evidence is too weak to prove the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: ABC News, "Despite Alcohol Test, DWI Charge Remains in Fatal Limo Crash," Frank Eltman, July 24, 2015

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