8-Year-Old Boy Struck by Vehicle in Roswell, Georgia, DUI Crash
ROSWELL, GA. – November 7, 2018 - An 8-year-old boy was fatally struck by a vehicle October 30 in a drunk driving crash in Roswell, Georgia, according to an online news report from wsbtv.com.*
The accident occurred on the morning of October 30, near an apartment complex on Hemingway Lane in Roswell. A car traveling on Hemingway Lane crashed into several cars, one of which flew over the curb and subsequently struck an 8-year-old boy who was walking on the sidewalk. Police said the boy had been walking to the bus stop.
“[The driver] hit the first car with such force that it pushed into two additional cars, and there were two children walking to the bus stop on the sidewalk,” said Roswell Police Officer Lisa Holland. “One of the cars was forced into an 8-year-old boy.”
The driver of the car, Israel Alexander (age and city not reported), was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. The investigation is ongoing, and no additional information has been released at this time.
In 2017, the rate of drunk driving fatalities in the United States was 3.3 per 100,000 population, according to a report from responsibility.org. This figure represents a 64 percent decline since 1982, when record-keeping first began. It also represents a 47 percent decrease since 1991, when The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility was founded.
While the decreases are indicative of progress in the fight against drunk driving, more work needs to be done. Drunk driving accidents still accounted for almost 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States in 2017. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 10,874 people died in 2017 in alcohol-related crashes. Sixty-seven percent of those crashes involved drivers with BACs of .15 or greater (nearly double the legal limit).
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