Strange Text Before Fatal Drunk Driving Car Accident

According to a recent article form ABC 7 News, a woman sent a strange text message before allegedly crashing her vehicle in a drunk driving accident, which resulted in the death of her passenger.

mobilephoneinhand3.jpgAuthorities say defendant sent a text to her boyfriend minutes before the accident, which said “Have a nice life idiot…I’m tired of having to put up with your short temper and unreasonable attitude. I’m done you ruined me…you’ll be the death of me… Driving drunk woo…I’ll be dead thanks to you.”

A few moments after she sent the final text message to her boyfriend, she allegedly drove her rented Smart Car through a red traffic signal and crashed into a large truck. When police arrived on the scene of the accident, they found her 22-year-old passenger dead. They also suspected 24-year-old defendant of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and administered a breath alcohol test, which allegedly revealed a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .178, which is more than two times the legal limit. As our traffic accident lawyers in Rock Hill can explain, the legal limit in South Carolina is 0.08 grams of ethanol per 100 milliliters of blood. A 0.08 BAC is not only the legal limit in South Carolina, but also in North Carolina, and every other state and federal territory in the United States, based upon federal guidelines tied to highway funding.

According to extensive studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a person with a BAC of two times the legal limit would likely have vision problems, including blurred vision, impaired motor functions, difficulty maintaining focus and concentration, impaired judgment, a willingness to engage in risky behavior, and a delayed reaction time. It is easy to see how these symptoms would make it difficult to express good judgment and safely operate a motor vehicle.

This particular accident occurred in August of 2013, but authorities did not know of the text messages allegedly sent until very recently. With this additional information, authorities have not only charged her with DUI, DUI manslaughter, and two counts of DUI with injury to a person, but they have also added the additional charged of vehicular homicide, which can be considered an intentional act supported by her alleged text messages. If true, it would mean she did not merely act with a reckless disregard for others’ safety, but she actually intended to cause a deadly crash. It should be noted, these are only allegations, and defendant is presumed innocent unless and until she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

With respect to her reason for sending the prophetic text messages to her boyfriend, prosecutors say she was going through a difficult breakup with him, and the couple had been arguing very recently before this fatal car accident. As for her friend who was killed in the alcohol-related car accident, prosecutors say she only met defendant a few months before her untimely death. Prosecutors also say the entire crash was captured on surveillance footage, which shows defendant driving through the red light into the intersection in a manner that caused the tragic crash.

Contact the Rock Hill, South Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.

Additional Resources:
‘Drunk driving woo’: Woman sends boyfriend ominous text moments before fatal crash , May 1, 2015 ABC News 7

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