March 14, 2012
Alcohol and drugs are to blame for a single-vehicle Vigo County crash that injured the 24-year-old driver. According to The Tribune-Star, the accident occurred Tuesday morning at South Morris Place near Florine Drive.
Lt. Don Westerfield, a spokesman for the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, stated that the young man was driving at a high rate of speed when one of the tires on his vehicle became flat. He then lost control and veered off the road, striking a mailbox and a tree.
The driver suffered a serious back injury in the crash and was taken to Terre Haute Regional Hospital before being transferred to an Indianapolis hospital. Blood analysis after the accident showed that the driver had a blood alcohol content of .164 percent, more than double the legal limit. He also tested positive for marijuana.
Authorities say that criminal charges against the driver are pending the conclusion of an investigation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor-vehicle accidents are the top killer of young people in the United States between the ages of 15 and 24, and 25% of those deaths are alcohol-related.
The Terre Haute DUI Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin know that on St. Patrick’s Day, some people may be tempted to drink and drive. Instead, call a cab or trusted friend to get you home safely. The risk of an accident is not worth risking lives.
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