In March of last year Miss Teachey was arrested for possessing alcohol underage. In September appeared in District Court and pleaded guilty, the Judge granted a Prayer for Judgment.
Prayer for Judgment means the court has granted a particular leniency basically giving the convicted person a second chance. When PJC is given the guilty person has their record expunged if that person keeps from committing another crime. (usually a similar crime but sometimes can be any crime) The punishment for the conviction of possessing alcohol underage is automatic revocation of driving privledges. Automatic. Megan Teachey should not have been driving.
Teachey has what is called a myspace account and site. These myspace sites are like a public journal or diary of your life, real or imagined. Miss Teachey has many friends who also have myspace accounts and each of them leave short messages for each other for anyone to read. Many of these posts or messages were explicit and suggesting drunken and drugged nights and days of rowdy lifestyles.
Megan Teachey was arrested for two misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charges. She was not arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).
In many serious collisions between a motor vehicle and another vehicle or pedestrian the driver is in some way impaired. They can be drunk, popping prescription pills, busy talking on a cell phone, eating McDonald's, sipping coffee or applying make-up. They can also be under the influence of a less obvious and illegal substance. Marijuana has no particular odor after ingested but can be a danger if used prior to the operation of a motor vehicle.
I would suggest that in any serious collision where a death or serious injury takes place an officer on scene request a blood test from the driver causing the injury, as well as the injured or deceased. This is because either party could have caused the collision and guilt or innocence may not be able to be determined at the scene.
Judging someone's impairment if they are upset or injured may not be easy. One of the symptoms of being under the influence of marijuana is red eyes, another is confusion. Both natural reactions for anyone involved in a tragic collision. So how do you tell?
I believe the request for blood would be within the law enforcement officer's rights. A collision should be enough evidence that someone's judgment is impaired. A woman with a small child does not just appear in front of a car without some level of impairment, and a woman with a small child does not step out in front of a moving vehicle without some level of impairment. In Ms. Matthews case the impairment may have been the close proximity of other vehicles that pulled close to her before stopping.
Next time you find yourself driving down 16th Street, down the hill, approaching Greenfield Street see how much you can see and when you can see it in that intersection. Ask yourself if it is possible to make the same mistake young Megan Teachey made.