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Man facing felony assault charge in alleged DUI accident

A night of tragedy last week is now affecting several Oklahoma residents in terrible ways. News sources report that a Columbia man left the roadway last Wednesday night and struck two teenage boys, leaving one of them with critical injuries. The 37-year-old driver has since been charged with a first-degree felony assault as well as a misdemeanor third-degree assault. The news source indicated that alcohol was a factor in the accident.

According to statements by the Henry County sheriff, the two teenagers were frog hunting on an ATV that night. He said the boys stopped and left the ATV after spotting a snake in the road. The sheriff’s report indicates that the driver of the automobile left the road and struck both boys, hitting one of them head-on and causing an array of severe injuries.

Reportedly, the 16-year-old has not regained consciousness since the crash and is currently in critical condition with a skull fracture and other injuries. The report does not contain any information about other teen’s condition although both boys were taken to a hospital following the crash.

The sheriff said that while Henry County deputies responded to the scene, the Alabama State Troopers will be handling the investigation. It is important to note that a family friend of one of the teenagers told the news that the driver of the automobile had attempted to swerve in order to avoid the ATV when he struck the teen.

The 37-year-old will certainly benefit from a strong defense counsel when it comes to relaying his perspective on the events of that night. Some factors a criminal defense attorney might explore include the driver’s ability or inability to see the boys, a detailed investigation into the arrest and the results of any intoxication exams the driver participated in after the accident.

Source: Dothan Eagle, “Man charged in alcohol-related crash, teen critically injured,” Matt Elofson, May 28, 2015

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