An underage drunk driver took the life of a Charlotte man and injured his wife and daughter.
Charlotte police said that Steven Bennie Driggers, 20, was speeding and driving drunk on Reedy Creek Road around 1 a.m. Saturday when he crossed over the center live and struck a sedan, carrying three people head-on. Driggers car then went into a ditch
The passengers in the sedan were a local family. Reinaldo Rodriguez, who was driving, died on the way to the hospital. His wife, and 16 year-old daughter was also taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Driggers was charged with felony death by a motor vehicle, DWI and drunk driving under the age of 21.
Driggers was also injured but is expected to recover.
Drunk drivers pose serious safety risks, as this accident demonstrates. DWI offenders face harsh penalties especially of they take another’s life.
If a person has been arrested for intoxicated driving and haven’t injured others there is the possibility of getting a lighter sentence as long as the accused has a North Carolina DWI attorney working on their defense.
Alcohol affects a person’s ability to make sound decisions and people are often more intoxicated than they think when they get behind the wheel. When you make such a serious mistake it is critical that you get the advice of a DUI lawyer to see what you can do to challenge a DUI charge.
A North Carolina DUI attorney will work diligently on your case to make certain the resulting penalties don’t have a negative impact on your future.