A spokesperson for a New York school says a teacher who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian in the Bronx was suspended, and her employment will likely be terminated. This underscores the fact that drunk driving charges can have an adverse impact on an accused person’s career, even before a conviction. Police claim this teacher was impaired at the time of the accident.
Reportedly, the 33-year-old woman was traveling on Pelham Parkway, heading east, on a recent Friday, at approximately 9:30 a.m., when she allegedly smashed into a car before striking a 57-year-old pedestrian. She then slammed into another vehicle. Police claim they could smell alcohol when they questioned the woman. They say her eyes were red and her speech was slurred.
According to witnesses, the victim, who had just been released from the hospital, was rushed back but succumbed to his injuries. Authorities say a Breathalyzer test that was done at the crash scene indicated the teacher’s blood alcohol content to be .187 percent. She is now facing charges of drunk driving, criminal mischief and vehicular manslaughter. After her arraignment on the day following the accident, the woman was held on a $200,000 bond.
Any New York driver who faces drunk driving charges may benefit from securing the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can make sure that the alleged drunk driver’s legal rights are not violated during any of the ensuing interviews and questioning sessions with police. Based on the details of the case, the attorney can work on a defense strategy that aims to achieve the best possible result.