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Drunk driving suspected in fatal North Carolina crash

Anyone who has driven on an interstate has likely experienced a moment of drifting slightly off the roadway onto the shoulder. Most instances are relatively harmless, and the driver is able to navigate back onto the correct lane. However, if there happens to be a vehicle on the shoulder, the consequences could be devastating. Unfortunately, a life was recently lost in a North Carolina collision, and police suspect that drunk driving was a factor.

The incident happened on a day in late November. According to reports, two sports utility vehicle were stopped on the shoulder of the road, and someone was changing a tire on one of them. Unfortunately, police say that the driver of a third vehicle drove onto the shoulder, striking one of the SUVs and pushing it into the other.

Reports indicate that helicopters were requested to transport injured people to the hospital, but they were grounded due to weather. A total of six people were transported to the hospital. Sadly, the person changing the tire died. Police believe that the driver of the third vehicle was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. It is unclear what charges, if any, are expected to be filed as a result of the incident.

Despite the reports made by police, it is unclear what led North Carolina police to suspect that the driver was drunk driving. Regardless of what police may believe, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt -- a standard that is often difficult to meet. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help the driver throughout the criminal process, including before criminal charges are officially filed to ensure that he or she is treated lawfully and is fully aware of the implications of any information provided to law enforcement officials.

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