Your Guide to Understanding Consequences of DUI with Accidents; and Unforeseen Parental Liability Actions
In a tragic turn of events, Phoenix police reported that a 14-year-old boy, driving a mid-size sedan, allegedly under the influence, sped through a red light signal and crashed into an SUV.
The SUV was carrying three people, a man, his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter.
The toddler was thrown from the SUV and sustained life threatening injuries. The man suffered head and lung injuries.
The man’s girlfriend, a passenger in the SUV is listed in stable condition but still in the hospital late last week.
The 14-year-old driver of the sedan that ran the red light signal, and his 17- year-old passenger whom the police report were under the influence of alcohol both suffered minor injuries.
It is unclear who owned the sedan driven by the 14-year-old was driving.
The driver was later taken to the Juvenile Court Center. The 17-year-old passenger was released to his family.
The 14-year-old has reportedly since been charged as an adult, and faces 4 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to Maricopa County Prosecutor and Court records, the decision to prosecute the youth as an adult was based on the severity of the accident and victim’s injuries.
A secured release bond was ordered by the judge for $100,000.00, and the next court date set.
Charges of this nature are considered dangerous and violent crimes in Arizona, and call for aggravated sentencing.
Penalties for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges can expose a person to decades and long-term prison sentences if convicted.
A follow-up media report indicated that the driver and passengers in the other vehicle are recovering from their injuries.