Motor vehicle accidents usually happen on the road, but there are times when even those in nearby buildings aren’t safe. A report from Dec. 22 described how a woman driving at over twice the legal limit crashed into people dining just outside a local restaurant. The 45-year-old driver has been in an addiction rehabilitation program since the car crash.
People who were at the scene did not get away unscathed. One woman was pinned under a vehicle. Another woman, also injured, reported seeing her friend under the car and being unable to stand up to tell others. One of the women had to have both legs amputated due to their injuries.
Drunk driving can come at a high cost
The restaurant owner reported hearing people at the scene saying that the driver was drunk. He saw the driver get out of her vehicle and scream. The driver claims that she hadn’t been drinking before the collision, but the police claim she tested at close to double the legal limit three hours after the crash.
A crash like this is devastating for everyone who is involved. Victims and their families may have serious injuries to overcome and changes to make in their lives to adapt to a new normal.
Drivers who are impaired behind the wheel may cause serious, if not fatal, crashes like this one. If they do, they can face harsh penalties. This driver, if convicted, could face up to 24 years in prison for over 12 charges, including reckless driving, causing serious injuries and driving under the influence.