Drunk Driver Strikes Several Vehicles Leaving One in Critical Condition
TRINITY, NC - Myfox8.com writes that a man who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol caused a series of traffic crashes resulting in one person suffering life-threatening injuries. The crash took place early last week on Kennedy Road in Morris County. The police say that a 21-year-old man from Trinity was driving his Dodge pickup truck southbound and struck two vehicles and then fled from both scenes.*
The first two crashes led only to property damage. The driver then tried to pass a southbound Chevrolet pickup truck and struck that vehicle from behind. The Dodge then collided head-on with a Jeep SUV that was traveling northbound. The 31-year-old man driving the Jeep suffered severe life-threatening injuries in the collision. Responders transported the severely injured man to the hospital by airlift. Two people in the Chevrolet also sustained injuries and were hospitalized following the crash.
The suspect was uninjured in the events. Police arrested the 21-year-old and charged him with driving under the influence, two-property damage hit-and-run accidents, two counts for failing to report a traffic crash, reckless driving, improper passing, and an expired tag. Police say additional charges are now pending.
Drunk drivers killed fewer people in North Carolina in recent years, but the number of drink driving crashes increased. While fewer deaths were reported in recent years, 26.4 percent of all traffic deaths resulted from accidents involving drivers who were impaired by alcohol. The state is working to lower the number of drunk drivers on its roads, and through its "Booze it and Lose it" campaign, police charged 1,373 people with DUIs over the 2018 July 4th holiday alone.
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Source:https://myfox8.com/2019/11/22/impaired-driver-crashes-into-multiple-vehicles-troopers-say-victim-left-with-life-threatening-injuries/ and https://connect.ncdot.gov/business/DMV/DMV%20Documents/2017%20Crash%20Facts.pdf