Suspected Drunk Driver Kills Recent Graduate from Medical School
COBB COUNTY, GA- Wsbtv.com writes that a graduate from the University of Georgia died when a drunk driver crashed into his vehicle. The 26-year-old victim was traveling home from Smyrna, where he had completed his post-medical training when he was struck.*
The drunk driver made a left turn from Highlands Grove Business Park and onto Highlands Parkway Drive, where the victim was in his 2016 Chrysler 200. The impact hit the driver’s side door of the Chrysler and trapped the young doctor inside of the vehicle. Responders worked to free the man by cutting the door off the vehicle. The victim was transported to the WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he died two days after the collision.
Reports indicate that the other driver’s truck contained cans of Coors Light and mouthwash. Officers stated that the suspect refused to take field sobriety tests, but that the man was noticeably stumbling and slurring his speech.
A fence and utility box still display damage that took place at the time of the fatal wreck. Officers arrested the man and charged him with DUI and homicide by vehicle. The victim’s family is devastated by the loss. A spokesperson stated that they are setting up a foundation in the young doctor’s name. The victim passed his board exams just last summer and had recently set up his own private physical therapy practice.
Drunk driving rates have declined over the last few decades. However, about 29 percent of all fatal car crashes are still caused by alcohol-impaired drivers. Every year, more than 10,000 people die in crashes that involve alcohol meaning a person dies in the United States in a drunk driving crash on average every 50 minutes.
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Sources:https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/uga-alum-recent-med-school-grad-dies-after-crash-with-suspected-drunken-driver/5OYNXTU3ZBGKFJW33Y6WVX4YAU/ and https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving
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