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Fatal accident on Route 16 leads to drunk driving charges

Whenever a New Hampshire driver is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he or she may be judged by society long before the individual has had a day a court. While an arrest on drunk driving charges does not mean the person is guilty, concern about the possibility of a conviction is only natural. That's particularly true as a conviction may lead to fines and suspended driving privileges along with difficulties to get to work to earn a living.

A recent accident on Route 16 caused the death of one person and the arrest of another. According to the New Hampshire State Police, the accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. on a recent Tuesday. Reportedly, a Sanbornville father and his son, ages 72 and 52, were northbound on the highway when a gas grill that was on the back of the truck fell off and landed on the roadway.

The pickup truck driver stopped, and both occupants got out to retrieve the grill from the road. At that time, another driver came along and allegedly struck the elderly driver. The crash caused the death of the pickup truck driver. Officers arrested the driver of the car and charged him with driving while impaired.

There is no indication of when and how law enforcement determined this driver's level of intoxication. The time and methods used will play a significant role in the drunk driving defense of the accused driver. The most appropriate step to take will likely be to retain the services of an experienced DWI defense attorney who can scrutinize the procedures used by arresting officers. Based on the available evidence, the lawyer can work on devising a defense strategy to achieve the best possible outcome.

Source: wgme.com, "New Hampshire man killed while trying to recover grill from Route 16", Nov. 24, 2016

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