Student Dies in Crash with Drunk Driver in West Virginia
MORGANTOWN, WV- Wdtv.com writes that a student from the West Virginia University died in a crash in Pennsylvania over the weekend. The collision left another student in critical condition. Pennsylvania State Police reported that the two young women were traveling in an Uber when a driver struck the car that they were traveling in, killing the 21-year-old and severely injuring her friend.*
The driver of the Uber also sustained injuries in the crash, including a concussion.
The school held a candlelight vigil in the deceased student’s memory and is providing counseling for the victim’s friends and fellow students. The victim, who was originally from Orlando, was studying criminology and was a senior at the time of her death.
Police say that the driver responsible for the fatal crash is facing criminal charges.
Thanks to enforcement efforts and education campaigns, drunk driving rates have been on the decline, and yet these motorists still cause more than 10,000 fatal crashes every year. About 29 percent of all collision-related deaths are caused by drivers who are under the influence.
There are plenty of ways to avoid driving under the influence, including ride-share services and designated drivers. Sadly, people get behind the wheel after drinking more than one hundred million times a year, based on self-reported numbers.
Every state has a legal limit of .08 for driver’s blood alcohol content. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers cause risks even when their blood alcohol levels are lower than the legal limit. Even at just .02 percent alcohol per volume, drivers lose some of their judgment and suffer impaired visual functions.
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Sources:https://www.wdtv.com/content/news/WVU-student-killed-in-car-crash-another-critically-injured-567331351.html and https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving and https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html
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