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Man charged in Alaska after apparent drunk driving accident

In the aftermath of some motor vehicle collisions, criminal charges may be filed if authorities determine there is cause to do so. One such incident recently occurred in Alaska, involving a 19-year-old man who now stands accused of several serious crimes after an apparent drunk driving accident. Sadly, there was one fatality in the crash.

The tragedy took place on a recent Tuesday. The driver is said to have been traveling with his high school friend, age 18, on their way to a public sauna. Their travels began at a local boat harbor some distance away.

Not long before midnight, an officer claims to have encountered the motorist on a local street, screaming for help to assist his injured friend. The friend was unconscious in the wrecked pickup truck. He was reportedly found in the passenger seat. The officer also noticed that a nearby utility pole had been severed at its base and was lying near the wreckage. The seriously injured passenger was reportedly transported to a local hospital for emergency care but did not survive his injuries.

Before the accident, the man is said to have told his friend he was driving way too fast. Police say evidence at the scene confirms that assessment. The driver's blood alcohol content level was reported in excess of the legal driving limit in Alaska. Additional charges for a weapons violation were also filed after the alleged drunk driving accident. It is not uncommon for someone facing such charges to turn to an experienced criminal lawyer for help when preparing a defense.

Source:, "Cordova 19-year-old charged with DUI, manslaughter in crash that killed passenger", Chris Klint, Aug. 12, 2016

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