Keene, NH (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2012 – Drunk drivers never seem to get that drunk means drunk and unable to drive. And yet, hundreds still do the unthinkable; drink, drive and kill.
“This case really bothered me when I read it,” explained Charlie Donahue, a Manchester injury and medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. “ Largely because an 11-year-old girl was killed and four others badly injured when a drunk driver blew a red light.”
The two vehicles involved in this catastrophic wreck, met in the middle of an intersection, sending one of them, an SUV, into a nearby store. Just at that moment, a young woman, her toddler son, and stepdaughter were coming out of the store when the SUV slammed into them. They were out shopping, just having fun, when their young daughter died as the result of a drunk drivers’ negligence.
“You need to understand here that negligence in drunk driving cases actually involves two aspects. The first aspect is the individual was making the conscious decision to drink to excess. The second is aspect is they choose to drink and drive, even though they knew they were totally out of it and could not handle a vehicle in that state. Even if people are drunk, they often ‘know’ they should not be driving, but they go ahead and do it anyway. The results are often horrific,” Donahue added.
According to eyewitness and police reports, the individual driving the Chevrolet Impala, that caused the crash, was barreling along under the influence, blew a red light and nailed the SUV that killed the 11-year-old. The woman and her son were immediately rushed to the hospital. The young girl was dead at the scene. The 28-year-old pie-eyed drunk driver suffered a shoulder injury.
“The reason for him losing control of the vehicle other than the fact that he was blotto? He was checking his navigation system, because he was driving a rental car. Really, navigation systems are no use when driving drunk,” remarked Donahue. The man was charged with reckless endangerment, homicide while driving under the influence, homicide and four counts of aggravated assault while DUI. “This dude will likely be in jail for a long time, and when he gets out, he will likely be facing a wrongful death lawsuit and at least three personal injury lawsuits. Deeds like this just do not go unpunished,” he added.
For individuals involved in a crash where the other driver was under the influence, make the first phone to a qualified Manchester personal injury lawyer. They know about justice. They know the law and they know how to make sure there is a fair and equitable resolution to the case. “That’s my job, to get drunks off the roads and justice for my clients. It doesn’t get any simpler than that,” Donahue said.
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