Everyone can agree that it is sometimes difficult to be a teenager. Teenagers tend to be more prone to rash decisions and irrational behavior. Fortunately for some, these decisions lead to fairly insignificant consequences. For others, however, their decisions have consequences that will alter lives forever. A Charlotte teenager, already a mother to an 11-month old, is facing these consequences after an accident that led to a drunk driving charge.
In early April, an 18-year-old student was driving a sedan at night. In the car with her were three passengers: an 18-year-old, a 15-year old, and her young son. Just before midnight, the car crashed into a tree after the driver lost control of her vehicle.
The 15-year-old was killed, and the 11-month old was severely injured. Both 18-year-olds, students at the same high school, had minor injuries. Upon release from the hospital, the young mother was arrested and charged with several crimes. These charges range from underage consumption of alcohol to manslaughter and child neglect.
Situations such as this are clearly tragic. A young life was lost, and a small child was injured. However many charges, including a drunk driving charge, the Charlotte teenager faces, cooperation with authorities could go along way of reducing her sentence if a conviction is obtained, as well as showing her contrition over the apparently rash decisions that were made. If the allegations against the young woman are true, even without the sentence that a court of law might impose upon her, the knowledge that her actions possibly cost the life a friend and injured her baby will serve as a reminder of the dangers of drunk driving.
Source: CharlotteObserver.com, "Police charge student suspected of drinking alcohol in fatal wreck," Steve Lyttle, April 4, 2013