Driver Who Killed Three Churchgoers Convicted and Sentenced to 50 Years
DEKALB COUNTY, GA- Ajc.com writes that a driver who caused a severe and deadly crash was sentenced this week to 50 years in prison. The incident occurred when the driver had spent the entire night before up drinking prior to getting into his Mercedes SUV and crashing into the victims’ car. The motorist struck the other vehicle with such force that it traveled 90 feet into the woods and ejected the driver.*
The victims included a 67-year-old man and two 65-year-old women. All three died at the scene of the crash. After causing the wreck, the driver attempted to flee in the car of a motorist who stopped to offer assistance. Witnesses caught the man and prevented him from leaving. Six hours after the deadly wreck, the driver’s blood-alcohol level remained above the legal limit.
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, the risk of a crash increases when a person’s blood-alcohol level reaches .05 percent by volume. The dangers increase even more when motorists reach .08 percent alcohol by volume. Every state except for Utah, has a blood alcohol level of .08. In Utah, the level is .05 percent.
Efforts to curb the rate of drunk driving crashes have managed to greatly reduce the number of such collisions. Still, estimates indicate that if no one drove with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher, that 7,144 people’s deaths could have been prevented in 2018. During that year, 28 percent of all deadly crashes were the result of a drunk driver. The most common victims in these cases are the drivers themselves.
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