Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide Following Tragic Interstate 12 Collision in Hammond, Louisiana (LA)
HAMMOND, LA- Wafb.com writes that a driver involved in a deadly crash is now facing charges for causing the tragic wreck. The incident took place on Interstate 12 this week in the early morning. According to the police, the victim was a 77-year-old man from Michigan.*
Reports indicate that the victim was traveling westbound in a GMC Sierra when A 31-year-old woman from Mobile, Alabama, struck the rear-end of his car. The impact led to both vehicles running off of the roadway near Pumpkin Center Road. The two vehicles both collided with trees.
The victim died at the scene of the wreck. Police stated that the man had his seatbelt fastened when the fatal collision occurred. The 31-year-old woman was not buckled but suffered only non-life-threatening injuries. Responders transported the woman to the hospital for treatment, and she was later arrested.
Investigators suspect that the woman was impaired when she caused the deadly crash. Blood samples were collected from the motorists and are being analyzed in a lab. The investigation is still ongoing.
Drunk driving rates dropped significantly from the early 1980s through the mid-1990s. However, the progress then stalled, and the rate of deadly drunk driving crashes has remained a major problem on American roadways. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety writes that had all motorists abided by the legal limit for drivers, then about 7,144 people would not have been killed in crashes in 2018. The number has changed little since 2010 when estimates found that 7,082 lives would have been saved if drunk drivers had refrained from getting behind the wheel.
While the most likely victim in these crashes is the drunk driver, other vehicle occupants and passengers in the car with the drunk driver are the next most likely victims.
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