An eighteen-year-old man who at one time was a student at the University of Kentucky has now been charged with reckless homicide. The charge comes months after the man allegedly struck and ultimately killed a four-year-old boy with a vehicle.
The young man has already been charged with DUI. He also was suspended from the college in connection with the incident. His fraternity also had to disband its chapter at the University of Kentucky. The young man did not re-enroll at the University of Kentucky for the recent semester.
According to police, at the time of the accident, the man had a blood alcohol content of .051, which is below the legal limit for an adult. However, since he was legally not supposed to be drinking at all, the legal limit for him was only .02.
The man allegedly admitted to drinking a couple of beers, and police reported that they observed bloodshot eyes and also some signs that the man was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. However, there was some dispute as to whether the young man was actually driving improperly at the time of the accident.
A young person facing a simple drunk driving charge already has a lot at stake. For instance, in this case, even before the latest charges, the man got seriously punished at school, and a conviction for just drunk may make it harder for him to find a job and will no doubt affect his ability to drive.
Because this charge came in the wake of a tragic accident, the young man is also facing a felony that could land him in prison. It is important to remember that he has a right to a defense, and he has already indicated there may be another side to the story. He will likely want to mount a strong defense to these charges.
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