Anyone who makes the decision to drive has to be willing to watch out for everything that is going on around the vehicle. Even when a pedestrian is vigilant, an accident with a car can still occur. For one Bronx family, a mother making the decision to go to the corner store turned out to be fatal.
The woman, who was the mother of twin toddlers, was crossing an intersection on her way to get something for her boys. She was struck only yards from her apartment by a driver who was allegedly drunk.
Police said the 28-year-old male driver was going east on East Tremont Avenue. The woman was crossing the street southbound when the car struck her. The impact of the accident shattered the windshield and dented the hood. The mother was unconscious and died before she got to the hospital. She was planning on donating a kidney to her ailing mother but died before she could do so.
The vehicle that struck the woman had three passengers, including two children. The driver was driving on a suspended license. He is facing charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and may be charged under Leandra's Law because of the children in his vehicle.
This accident was a tragic one that will continue to impact many lives for a long time. For the family, learning to live without the woman is their new reality. For the man who is facing criminal charges, a conviction can lead to serious penalties such as fines or a jail sentence. In order to obtain the best outcome for his case, he must present a strong defense. Anyone facing similar charges should consider seeking help in order to understand those charges and defend them appropriately.
Source: CBS New York, "Woman Struck, Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver In The Bronx" No author given, Jan. 12, 2014