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Man loses brother in alleged drunk driving accident

Spending time with family members is a favorite past time of many Louisiana residents. One activity they may enjoy together is going out for a drink or two. The problem arises when one or two drinks become too many. Getting behind the wheel after that could lead to a drunk driving accident that costs one family member his or her life and, potentially, the other his or her freedom.

The crash occurred at approximately 3:40 a.m. on a day late in September. The first trooper with the Louisiana State Police who arrived at the scene found a 30-year-old man behind the wheel of the wrecked vehicle and his 32-year-old brother underneath it. The driver had lost consciousness with the car still on and in gear.

When awakened and questioned by the police, the driver said he could remember nothing after dropping off another passenger. At last memory, his brother was next to him in the passenger's seat. Now, not only does the man have to deal with the grief of losing his brother, but he also must deal with negligent homicide and DWI charges.

Some would say that knowing he was behind the wheel when his brother died would be enough punishment, but prosecutors may not agree with that assessment. Supposedly, the man admitted to police that he had been drinking, but that does not mean that prosecutors will not have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt in court that he was drunk driving at the time of the crash. Like anyone else in this position, it may be a good idea to seek legal advice and assistance before saying or doing anything else in connection with the charges.

Source: wafb.com, "Man arrested for killing brother during alleged drunk driving crash", Josh Auzenne, Sept. 26, 2017

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