Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC


August 10, 2016

Police think that a 30-year-old man from Pittsburgh wrecked his car because he had been drinking. A 21-year-old woman was killed in that accident when she was thrown from the car. The man has recently turned himself in to the authorities.

The crash happened back in the first half of March, but the arrest warrant only recently was given out, prompting the man to cooperate with the investigation. The wreck itself happened on Penn Avenue in Point Breeze, in the 6800 block.

The young woman initially survived and was taken to the hospital, but she passed away there. Her family described her as loving, caring and beautiful.

As with other states, Pennsylvania has a blood alcohol concentration limit of 0.08. A blood test was done after the accident, and it was found that the man’s BAC was 0.12. He’s now facing multiple charges, with the most serious being DUI felony homicide by vehicle.

Police said that the man’s car, which did not have the required lights, left the road and drove up onto a sidewalk. They said he was traveling at a high rate of speed, though the exact speed was not specified. He then ran the car into a utility pole, which is when his passenger was ejected and suffered the injuries that would eventually take her life.

The families of those who are killed in DUI accidents know that nothing is ever going to replace the loved ones whom they lost. However, it is still very important to consider compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

Source: WTAE, “Police: DUI driver caused crash that killed woman, 21, on Penn Avenue,” David Kaplan, Aug. 02, 2016