Driver Facing Charges Following Tragic Crash in Nashville, Tennessee (TN)
NASHVILLE, TN- Newschannel5.com writes that a driver is facing charges for causing a deadly collision that killed one person and injured five others. Two children were among the injured victims in the accident.
Reports indicate that the crash took place this week on Haywood Lane when a motorist drifted across the centerline and collided head-on with another vehicle. The driver who traveled into oncoming traffic was a 25-year-old man. A 62-year-old man who was a passenger in the car died from his injuries. A five-year-old and a 23-month-old child, the driver, and a 29-year-old female passenger all suffered injuries in the collision as well. The two children were not in child restraints when the incident happened. The driver operating the other vehicle and a passenger in that car were also harmed in the collision and transported to a nearby medical facility.
Police reported that the driver who traveled left of center smelled of alcohol when they arrived on the scene. The suspect is still in the hospital, but upon his release, he will be facing charges for aggravated child abuse, vehicular assault, driving without a license, and driving without proof of insurance.
Drunk drivers present risks to everyone on the road. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) writes that the risk of being involved in a deadly collision increases when a motorist’s blood alcohol level is at .05 percent per volume. The chances of a fatal wreck increase more rapidly once the person’s blood alcohol level reaches .08 percent per volume. Every state except Utah has a legal limit of .08 percent alcohol per volume. Utah lowered the legal limit to .05 percent.
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