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Deadly DWI accident leads to numerous charges

A 20-year-old woman and her 17-year-old friend were involved in a car accident that took the life of a young mother and her child. The baby boy was just 3 months old.

According to reports, the two had been drinking at a local bar before the crash, and there are even allegations that the 20-year-old driver had used cocaine. Those are just allegations for now, though, as police had not yet gotten the toxicology information back as of the latest reports.

In any case, police say that the two girls did not even know they had been involved in an accident, despite causing it.

Not only was the driver arrested, but the police are now investigating the bar and a number of individuals involved. One, a bartender, already turned herself in. The charges she faces are for criminal negligence, as authorities say she let the event happen, even if she did not hand out drinks herself.

Two other individuals are facing charges for providing drinks for the girls, even though they knew that they were underage. One, a 24-year-old man, is the son of the person who owns the Crescent City Connection Sports & Oyster Bar. The other is a 23-year-old man. Authorities also say that he lied when he was in front of a grand jury, so he is facing charges for aggravated perjury on top of everything else.

As you can see, one incident can result in a whole host of criminal charges that stretch far beyond the initial crash. It is important for all of those involved to understand their legal rights and defense options.

Source: ABC13, "'A lifetime of loss' Timeline of the DWI crash in Clear Lake that killed a mother and her son," April 24, 2018

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