Alcohol abuse cuts across all age groups, but it’s a particularly challenging issue among teenagers and young adults in Virginia and throughout the county in connection with car accidents that sometimes have fatal consequences. This following horrific accident occurred in rural Indiana, but it is the type of occurrence that sadly could happen anywhere.
According to Indianapolis news media, a 21-year-old Indiana motorist who was driving drunk and going about 80 mph plowed into a residence on May 8 after running a stop sign. The driver’s girlfriend, a backseat passenger, died in the crash, while another passenger was injured. The homeowners were trapped in the rubble before being rescued.
Once the driver, who has a one-year-old child with the deceased woman, was released from the hospital, he was taken into custody by the local police. He is facing ten felonies in the fatal accident, including reckless homicide and DUI. His blood test results apparently revealed a BAC of 0.19, more than twice the legal limit.
The couple had apparently just celebrated the baby’s birthday.
In Virginia and in virtually all jurisdictions, motorists arrested for driving under the influence are subject to severe criminal and administrative penalties and may also be sued by the victim or the victim’s family in civil court for personal injury damages. If you–or a loved one–-have been injured in a Virginia automobile accident caused by an impaired driver, regardless of that driver’s age, you need to know your legal rights. Contact the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C., Toll Free 877-544-5323, for a no-obligation consultation.