Most everyone who has driven in Missouri has likely encountered a motorcycle while on the roads. Unfortunately, because of their smaller size, even the safest of drivers could overlook one. In fact, a recent crash has resulted in the death of a motorcyclist. The other driver involved is now accused of drunk driving.
The incident happened on a day in mid-April. According to reports, a 20-year-old male was headed south on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, police say that a 58-year-old man driving a sports utility vehicle failed to yield the right of way. As a result, the motorcycle allegedly struck the SUV.
The motorcyclist died at the scene. The SUV reportedly continued traveling, ultimately striking gas pumps which caused a fire. It is unclear if he suffered injuries in the crash. Police say that the SUV driver's blood alcohol content was .082 at the time of the collision. He has since been arrested and is being held on a $100,000 cash only bond.
While Breathalyzer tests and other methods of determining a person's blood alcohol content can be used in Missouri to determine whether a person has been drinking, there is always the possibility that the results are incorrect. For example, human error can often create inaccurate results. As a result, those charged with drunk driving are often motivated to ensure that the results are accurate as part of their criminal defense. An attorney with experience with such cases can examine the administration of such tests as well as look at whether the device used was correctly calibrated, for example. Having such a professional fighting on their behalf often provides those facing criminal charges with confidence in the decisions they make as they navigate the criminal justice system.
Source: callnewspapers.com, "Concord man charged with DWI in crash that killed Oakville motorcyclist", April 12, 2018