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Two-Year-Old Dies in Tragic Crash in Blue Ridge, Georgia


March 24, 2020

BLUE RIDGE, GA - Coosavalleynews.com writes that a two-year-old child died in a crash in Blue Ridge this week. The fatal incident took place when the boy and his parents were in a car that was struck by a drunk driver.* 

The family was traveling in a 2008 Ford Escape and were heading westbound on GA 2 when they stopped at a traffic light at the intersection with Blue Ridge Drive. A 2016 Ford Super Duty Truck, which was also driving westbound, struck the back of the Escape. The 23-year-old man from Blue Ridge who was in the truck was drunk at the time of the crash. The 23-year-old woman in the front of the Escape suffered severe injuries and was airlifted from the scene of the crash. The child was transported to the Fannin Regional Hospital, where he was declared dead. The man operating the Escape sustained severe injuries, including multiple broken bones.

Drunk driving rates have been dropping over time, and yet these completely avoidable wrecks continue to cause 29 percent of all traffic fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 30 people are killed by drunk drivers every day in the United States. Each year, more than 10,000 lives are lost in these accidents.

It is illegal in every state to drive with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent alcohol per volume or more. However, even below this level, drivers will often show signs of impairment and could be placing themselves and others on the road at risk or severe injuries and death. Statistically, men are more likely to be driving drunk than are women. The NHTSA states that it is important for anyone who has been drinking to refrain from driving. 

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Sources:

https://coosavalleynews.com/2020/03/2-year-old-rome-boy-killed-in-auto-accident/

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving

Category: Accident Blog

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