A 33-year-old New Britain woman is facing four years in prison after pleading guilty to drunk driving. She also received five years of probation for the automobile accident that killed a 32-year-old paramedic. The woman pleaded guilty to second degree assault with a motor vehicle and second degree manslaughter.
While many factors play into when a drunk driving accident will happen, it is possible to look at the overall statistics and average them out to see how often these crashes take place. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has compiled this data. What they found is that, across the United States, there is a fatal DUI crash every 51 minutes. On average, this means that about 30 people are killed each day in these accidents.
You know that drunk driving is an issue in Connecticut and all across the United States, but do you know all of the raw statistics? If you have not discussed these before, it can be quite jarring to look at some of the numbers, as they have been reported over the years.
Sometimes, even Connecticut pedestrians aren't safe from being hit by wayward drivers in motor vehicle accidents. Pedestrian can be walking in an area that they believe is safe, with most cars just passing by. However, if just one of the drivers of one of those cars operates his or her vehicle in an unsafe manner, a motor vehicle accident can occur. One did recently in a tragic drunk driving accident that resulted in the pedestrian being injured.
A recent fatal car crash in New Haven, Connecticut, was originally believed to only involve one car. That car had hit a barrier at Long Wharf Drive between the I-95 Northbound on-ramp and Canal Dock. New Haven police discovered, however, that a second vehicle was involved. The driver of the second vehicle is believed to be responsible for the crash and resultant fatality. He was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time, making it a drunk driving accident.
A police officer in Connecticut is now facing DUI charges after an accident that ended up totaling his police cruiser. The crash took place on a Friday night, and it happened in Ellington. The officer has had all of his powers as a member of the police forced stripped away for the time being.
A young man was out for a jog on Middleton Avenue when he was hit by a pickup truck and killed. He was just 20 years old at the time. The man driving the truck was elderly, at 72 years old, and police have alleged that he was also operating his truck while under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred.
Few things bring out public empathy like the death of a baby and the baby's parent. This includes when a pregnant woman and the baby she carries die in a tragic accident. Sadly, that is what happened recently in a drunk driving accident in Redding California. The California Highway Patrol confirmed that the pregnant woman in the crash died.
It is common for accidents to involve multiple family members, for example when they are traveling together in the same car. However, it is rare for family members to be in separate, unrelated drunk driving accidents less than 24 hours apart. It's even more rare when the accidents involve twin sisters, like a recent set of crashes did.
Family members of a victim who died in an alleged drunk driving wreck have filed dram shop suits against five local bars that served alcohol to the at-fault driver. The Connecticut family filed the suit in late April, and they are seeking compensation from five bars in Norwalk, Westport and Fairfield. These establishments could be held liable for as much as $250,000 in damages because of their relationship to the drunk driving accident.