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Woman in Calgary has drunk driving charges pending

As a family holds a vigil for a young man who tragically lost his life back in October, the woman accused of being responsible for his death could be facing criminal charges. The 28-year-old Calgary woman prepares to face drunk driving charges that, if she is found guilty, could have serious repercussions on her future. The charges are still pending as of this report. 

According to the accident report, on an unspecified night in October the 19-year-old victim was riding in a vehicle with his parents and sister when the accident happened. The family was travelling through an intersection on their light when the 28-year-old allegedly ran a red traffic light and T-boned their vehicle with her SUV. The force of the impact killed the man. It is unclear whether anyone else was injured in the collision. 

Police believe the woman was intoxicated at the time of the crash, but they have not elaborated on what factors led them to this belief. There was no mention in this report of any roadside or hospital sobriety tests that may have been conducted to corroborate police assumptions. Such evidence may be crucial if the case goes to criminal court. 

If prosecutors wish to win a conviction concerning any drunk driving charges, they will need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the driver was drunk at the time of the crash. If they cannot, the charges may be reduced or dropped. Similarly, if the Calgary woman's rights were in any way curtailed during the course of the investigation and her arrest, her representation could move to have certain evidence excluded from court proceedings on that basis. 

Source: CTV Calgary News, "Vigil held for young Calgary man killed in drunk driving crash", Michael Franklin, Dec. 12, 2016

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