A Charlotte man, charged with murder and DWI, was arrested late Monday after an overnight crash killed a 26-year-old woman and left her 4-year-old son hospitalized

The crash happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning, when the 31-year-old Iraq war veteran was driving eastbound on Sugar Creek Road in a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe and sped through a red light and slammed into a car containing the woman driver and her child.

The woman died on the scene of the crash.  The child was in critical condition and was sent to a Charlotte area hospital. The man was arrested in September in 2009 for separate DWI incident and has since been restricted to no more than .04 blood alcohol level, a stricter imposition than the N.C. legal limit of .08.

According to police than man was intoxicated at the time of the crash on Monday.  He was charged with second-degree murder, felony serious injury by motor vehicle, DWI, and failure to comply with license restrictions. Studies show that almost one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated are repeat offenders.  In 2010, over 200 children were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers.  The effects of drunk driving have unfortunately touched families across the country and beyond.

If your family has been touched or damaged by the effects of drunk driving, please call the attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP, at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll free. We have offices in Charlotte and throughout South Carolina. We would be honored to have an opportunity to help you and your family get through this most difficult time in your lives.