Drunk driving has gotten a lot of attention over the last 30 years or so. Since at least the 1980’s, there has been a push to educate people about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, as well as to stiffen penalties for doing so. Things have improved, but many people would argue we still need to do more. While, in general, the number of people driving drunk appears to have dropped statistically, there are still families that are torn apart every day by these preventable accidents.
Here in Albuquerque, a recent incident reminds us how devastating such negligent behavior can be. On a Saturday afternoon, a grandmother was standing outside her home, in her driveway, saying farewell to her granddaughter. A black Jeep careened through an intersection with a posted stop sign and struck the woman before hitting the residence. The Jeep then backed up, running over the grandmother again, before fleeing the scene of the accident.
The police found the vehicle in a nearby school parking lot. They discovered pieces of the residence’s stucco façade on and around the vehicle and noted that it had extensive damage to the front end. According to authorities, the driver admitted to being involved in the incident and that he had been drinking. The man refused a sobriety test, and was arrested. The grandmother, who witnesses say had a crushed leg and her abdomen torn open, had three surgeries in a 24-hour period and it is unknown whether she will live.
This case shows the dire consequences that can result from drunk driving. In cases where serious injury or death occurs in a car crash due to a drunk driver, victims and their families have the right to ask for compensation for their economic loss and pain and suffering.
Source: krqe.com, “Police: Drunk driver runs over woman twice outside her home,” Rebecca Atkins, March 19, 2017