A North Carolina couple has been charged in connection with a drunk driving accident that took the life of a man earlier in the year. A woman has been charged with providing alcoholic beverages to a person less than 21 years of age and also aiding and abetting a person less than 21 years of age in the possession and consumption of alcohol beverages. Her husband also faces one of the same charges. The drunk driving crash killed a 21-year-old passenger.
The man was riding in a vehicle driven by a 19-year-old. They had both attended a party given by the accused couple prior to the crash. After the crash, the 19-year-old was charged with felony death by motor vehicle. He was also charged with DWI, speeding and reckless driving. The District Attorney stated that anyone who was involved in or caused the circumstances leading up to the fatality would be prosecuted vigorously.
A special agent involved in the case also stated that cases involving adults who provide alcohol to underage consumers are taken very seriously. The relationship between the two involved in the wreck and the couple is currently unknown; however, the charges against all of them are serious and could result in heavy legal penalties. All of the involved parties may have an uphill legal battle ahead of them.
When an accident involves drunk driving, it can be a cause of concern for everyone. However, in this case, several people are accused of being involved in the crash, even some who weren't behind the wheel. It would likely be in their best interests to ensure that they are aware of their legal rights as they pertain to the charges against them. Doing so could ensure that they are able to mount a valid and relevant defense as they fight the accusations North Carolina authorities have leveled at them.
Source: Star News Online, "Two charged with providing alcohol in Columbus County fatal wreck," F. T. Norton, Oct. 12, 2012