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A 13-year-old girl was killed and three others injured recently in a two-vehicle crash. A 43-year-old Tennessee man is facing DUI charges after he ploughed into a car that was on the side of the highway because of a flat tire. The occupants were heading out to dinner. The driver and two other children in the car were hurt, but not seriously.

Police said witnesses to the crash indicated that the accused was initially swerving in and out of different lanes on the highway, eventually crashing into the car on the side of the road. The impact pushed the car into a nearby utility pole. Police claim they found a pint of vodka and open beer cans in the vehicle of the accused.

In addition to a DUI charge, the man is facing other charges: Vehicle homicide-reckless, driving with a revoked license, vehicle homicide — DUI,  reckless driving, six counts of aggravated assault and financial responsibility for the crash. Apparently, this was not the first time the accused had injured people in a crash. He failed to stop at a stop sign three years ago and crashed into a car then as well. 

DUI laws in Tennessee come with harsh penalties when broken. Those individuals who have been so charged may be able to benefit from the help of an attorney who may will focus on protecting a client’s legal rights while fighting to achieve the best possible result. In those cases where the evidence appears formidable, the lawyer may be able to negotiate with prosecutors for a plea bargain that encompasses a reduction in charges and/or favorable sentencing considerations before the court.