In a recent Alabama case, one woman has asked for the public to recognize that the driver, who allegedly caused a fatal DUI accident, is also suffering.
The 25-year-old woman is in jail, since her bail has been denied. She has been charged with driving under the influence and reckless murder in the accident that claimed the life of her 26-year-old boyfriend.
One woman, who sat in court as the judge denied bail, said she and the driver had known each other since age 4. The woman told a local newspaper that the driver remained "in complete shock" days after the accident. She said the driver made a mistake that any other driver could have made.
Police said the driver, with her boyfriend as the passenger, traveled along Dawes Lake Road in Mobile. The prosecutor in the case said the Jeep wound up off the road, hit a sign and then hit a pole. The impact threw the man from the car, and he died of severe head injuries, according to reports. The driver and her boyfriend were reportedly not wearing seat belts.
The prosecutor said she wanted to present evidence in court to counter that the accident was just that. She said the driver, who was on probation for a previous DUI conviction at the time of the accident, should have recognized the consequences of drinking and driving.
The prosecutor said that the driver admitted to having used alcohol before getting behind the wheel, but blood tests results had not been received to confirm that.
While some in the community might assume the woman is guilty of the charges against her because of her previous conviction, prior charges do not indicate her guilt. It's also appropriate to question whether the charge of murder is justified.
Source: Press-Register, "Judge denies bail for Jennifer Fram, charged with murder in fatal crash," Katherine Sayre, May 3, 2012