Pedestrians are vulnerable and are often struck by drunken drivers.

Pedestrians are vulnerable and are often struck by drunken drivers.


Biloxi, MS- A real-estate agent from Biloxi is appealing the decisions in her hit-and-run and DUI trials, which are related to a 2015 incident that left an elderly woman with serious injuries. But, according to reports, those two appeals are not the only legal challenges the woman is facing.
The Sun Herald reports that in March 2015, Diane Carpenter, a 57-year-old real-estate agent, was driving from Biloxi through Gulfport when she struck a woman standing on the side of the road and sped away from the scene.
A coworker who was with Carpenter earlier that evening and was following her home when he saw the accident happen. The man then stopped to render aid and call 911. The man testified that Carpenter swerved and stopped briefly after hitting the pedestrian before taking off.
Carpenter then proceeded to Long Beach where she was pulled over and charged with DUI and careless driving. The Sun Herald reports that officer who pulled Carpenter over last year after the accident was the same officer who charged her with a DUI in 2014. She was acquitted of that charge.
Mississippi woman to appeal drunk driving and hit-and-run charges.

Mississippi woman to appeal drunk driving and hit-and-run charges.


The two guilty verdicts are just the beginning of the Carpenter’s legal troubles; she is also facing a civil suit filed by the woman she struck in Gulfport. Ethelyn Willhoite, who is represented by the Morris Bart law firm, suffered serious injuries including broken bones and several bone fractures. The Sun Herald reported that the skin on one of Willhoite’s feet was peeled back.
When she was stopped in Long Beach, Carpenter refused to submit to sobriety tests and police were forced to obtain a warrant to check her blood alcohol concentration. Two hours after the accident, Carpenter’s blood alcohol level was 0.17, over twice Mississippi’s legal limit of 0.08.
Even with the civil suit still pending, Carpenter says she’ll appeal her hit-and-run and DUI convictions. Her defense attorney alleges that when she drove away, she wasn’t aware that she had struck someone. He also noted that the prosecution’s witnesses gave conflicting accounts of the accident.
Drunken and impaired driving account for nearly one-third of fatal accidents in Mississippi.

Drunken and impaired driving account for nearly one-third of fatal accidents in Mississippi.


Unfortunately, Carpenter’s actions are not unusual, and thousands are injured or killed by drunken drivers in Mississippi each year. Despite the knowing the dangers, too many people carelessly get behind the wheel when they’ve had too much to drink. These drivers should be accountable for their actions, which is why USAttorneys urges you to speak with an accident lawyer near you in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The financial and emotional toll of an accident can be immense, and victims deserve to be compensated for their suffering. They should be expected to shoulder the burden of their accident alone. When accident victims in Biloxi retain one of our accomplished and professional accident lawyers, they can be confident they will get a fair accident settlement.  Let USAttorneys get you in touch with a lawyer to take over your case and secure the best settlement possible. You’ll be glad you got expert help with your claim.

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