Imagine having a mechanical problem with your vehicle. Perhaps it’s overheating or maybe the oil light came on. Whatever the problem is, you pull over to the side of the road and put on your hazard lights. You don’t think anyone will have a problem seeing you, so you sit back and relax, waiting for help to arrive.
Unfortunately, in a similar case, a woman was killed when she was rear-ended. Now, a woman from Dunlap has been convicted of a DUI for a fatal accident that she caused in 2017. According to the news report, the woman could go to prison for up to 14 years as a result of her actions.
She was intoxicated when she caused a crash on the Murray Baker Bridge. The 25-year-old woman collided with a stalled vehicle belonging to a 53-year-old woman while on the bridge that morning in July 2017. Officers were already on the scene due to calls about the disabled vehicle when they received a second call about a two-vehicle collision.
When the police arrived, they discovered that the woman had struck the stalled vehicle on the westbound side of the bridge when it was rear-ended. The driver was pronounced dead around three hours after the collision.
The 25-year-old woman faced allegations of using cocaine, marijuana and alcohol at the time of the collision. This, according to the court, made her incapable of driving safely.
Crashes like this one are completely avoidable, and that makes them even more tragic. Those who drive while intoxicated do need to be held accountable.