Massachusetts residents may be aware of the dangers of drunk driving. While people may understand the dangers of drunk driving, some may have a lapse in judgment that could result in criminal charges. A recent accident on the Mass Pike is said to have caused the death of one woman and a man facing charges.

The accident occurred when a 33-year-old man was driving the wrong way on the Turnpike in Auburn. Police say the man was traveling at 80 mph at approximately 4:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday in July. According to the report, two other vehicles swerved out of the man’s way prior to the accident. A 66-year-old woman was killed when the man’s vehicle crashed into two westbound vehicles.

The man was injured in the crash and, according to the latest report available, was still hospitalized. According to authorities, the man’s driver’s license was expired, though for approximately one month. He is now facing drunken driving as well as vehicular homicide charges. While the seriousness of these charges cannot be denied, the matter will now proceed in a Massachusetts criminal courtroom where the accused man will be accorded all of the legal rights that protect everyone accused of a crime in our state.

Any Massachusetts resident facing drunk driving charges will surely want to gain an understanding of their rights under the applicable state laws. Knowledge of these rights can prove critical when moving forward with any defense to the allegations. The gravity of the pending charges mandates that careful attention be paid to the specific accusations of prosecutors as compared to the actual evidence. The man will have every reasonable opportunity to prepare and present a vigorous defense geared toward challenging the proof offered against him as he fights to achieve the best possible result under all of the circumstances.

Source:, “Driver charged in wrong way Mass Pike fatal,” July 25, 2013