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On Aug. 9, 2013, a woman was involved in a wrong-way accident in Midtown. Police said that the 26-year-old motorist ran headfirst into an oncoming vehicle in a crash that killed the other driver. Authorities did not specify what could have caused the woman to get onto the I-64 motorway from the wrong direction, but initial reports said that the exit she entered from had visibly posted wrong-way signage. On Nov. 22, 2013, authorities announced that she had been officially indicted on criminal charges.

The woman stands accused of being two times over the legal limit for intoxication at the time of the accident. Although reports said that she agreed to provide police with a blood sample, it remains unknown why authorities suspected that she was drinking prior to the incident.

St. Louis Police did not say whether the woman had committed previous DWI offenses. At the time of reporting, it was unknown if she had a prior criminal record, and her hearing date had not been announced.

Felony DWI charges may result in extensive jail time or fines. These penalties can place motorists in tough positions by forcing them into debt or limiting their job eligibility for years after they're originally convicted. Those with families to support may not be able to provide for their children, and if they lose their driving rights, they may not even be able to perform basic tasks, such as taking care of their dependents on a daily basis. Alternate sentences could allow these individuals to attend to their responsibilities, and DUI defense attorneys might be able to help motorists structure defenses that increase their chances of successfully petitioning judges for reduced charges.

Source: KMOV, "Alleged wrong-way driver facing felony manslaughter charges in St. Louis", Elizabeth Eisele, November 22, 2013

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