A 49-year-old Missouri man received criminal charges after an accident that killed five people occurred in Hamilton County. According to police reports, the man is suspected of having been driving while intoxicated at the time of the fatal rollover accident.
The incident took place shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 23. While driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer near the intersection of Hamilton County Road 1000N and Hamilton County Road 750E, the man lost control and crashed. Of the six people involved in the accident, the accused man was the only survivor. A 49-year-old man, 42-year-old woman, 35-year-old woman, 23-year-old woman and teenage girl were killed.
As a result of the accident, the man was charged with five counts of aggravated DUI and reckless homicide. So far, there have been no reports about the type of sobriety test that the man may have been given at the scene. If he was asked to perform a field sobriety test, it's possible that factors besides intoxication resulted in him failing the test. While building his defense, the man may explain that grief and trauma after the fatal accident caused him to become uncoordinated.
If the accused man wishes to plead guilty to his charges, an attorney may be able to help him work out a plea deal with the prosecution. In some cases, a judge may agree that participation in an alcohol treatment program is a better solution than time behind bars. Alternatively, the man could accept an arrangement through which he would publicly speak about intoxicated driving in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Source: FOX 2, "Man charged with DUI in fatal crash that killed 5", Vera Culley, December 06, 2013