Driver Allegedly Drunk at Time of Crash that Left Victim Blind
LOUISVILLE, KY- Wdrb.com writes that a man from Kentucky is now facing charges in relation to a hit-and-run crash that left a driver partially blind. The crash occurred in the early evening in Radcliff on West Vine Street. The suspect, identified as a 31-year-old man from Radcliffe, pulled his vehicle into oncoming traffic in an attempt to pass two cars that were waiting at a red traffic light.*
The suspect was traveling westbound at the time and traveled through the red traffic light where his vehicle and a southbound car collided. The other car then collided with a utility pole, and the driver in that vehicle ended up trapped inside his car. The crash left the victim with multiple injuries, including broken bones in his ribs, neck, and collar bone. The crash also caused a severe eye injury, which has left the victim partially blind. Police reports state that following the crash, the suspect exited his car and tried to flee the scene of the accident. The Radcliffe Police were able to apprehend the man shortly after the impact.
The suspect was allegedly drunk at the time of the crash. The man previously had three convictions for drunk driving and his license had been suspended in Florida and Kentucky prior to the collision. Police charged the man with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, first-degree assault, fleeing or evading police, and first-degree wanton endangerment. The suspect is now in custody at the Hardin County Detention Center.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers who have a blood-alcohol level of .05 percent per volume are more likely to be involved in a wreck. Those with .08 percent alcohol per volume are even more likely to cause a collision. Driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent per volume is illegal in all states, while Utah is the only state to lower the legal driving limit to .05 percent alcohol per volume.
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