Vehicular accidents happen each day on Arizona roads. With a high number of cars on the roads, it is no surprise that there are collisions. However, it is far more unusual for car accidents to happen in shopping center parking lots. Yet, that is what happened in a DUI case recently.
In the case, a woman, 31, was driving on Southern Avenue. As she drove west, she collided with another car that had been turning north onto Rural Road. That car spun and then hit a third car. The collisions occurred at approximately 6:20 p.m.
According to a Tempe Police Department sergeant, the woman then sped at high speed into the local Walmart parking lot. At that point, she hit another vehicle, which spun and hit a shopper who had just come out of the store. The shopper was transported from the scene to a hospital, where she was treated with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
According to authorities, alcohol played a role in the incident. Correspondingly, the woman was taken into custody and charged with DUI. She was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated assault and endangerment.
Police officers who watched security video of the incident expressed surprise that more people weren't hurt, since the woman's car was careening wildly.
This accident was likely widely reported by the media, simply because it was rather unusual. However, just because someone has been arrested and charged with a crime does not mean he or she is guilty. The prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Building a strong defense is the first step in having a chance at a positive outcome.
Source: WPTV.com, " Christy Kupper: Suspected drunk driver hits, injures woman at Tempe, Arizona Walmart" No author given, Jan. 18, 2014