A car accident can happen at any time for a variety of reasons. When somebody is drinking and driving, however, the chance of an incident is much higher.
According to police, a 67-year-old man was hit and killed by a drunk driver on Staten Island. The man was walking on a bike lane at approximately 6:55 p.m. when the driver struck him from behind. Immediately following the accident the victim was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, and, tragically, he was pronounced dead.
The driver of the vehicle, a 39-year-old man, was arrested and then charged with DUI. Police have yet to release any information regarding how they measured the man's drunkenness, but in the state of New York anybody with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 higher can be hit with drunk driving charges.
The accident occurred on a Sunday evening, but the next morning police were still investigating in the hope of turning up more information. This accident may have been avoided if the driver was sober. Instead, he was driving under the influence which not only led to the death of one man but also landed him in hot water with the authorities.
Unfortunately, these types of news stories are all too common in states throughout the country. Even though police can file drunk driving charges against the person who caused the accident, this doesn't do anything in terms of bringing the victim back to life. For anybody who is charged with drunk driving and/or related charges, consulting with a DUI attorney can be the first step in the legal process.
Source: The New York Times, "Staten Island Man Struck and Killed by Car; Driver Charged with Drunk Driving" Ashley Southall, Jan. 27, 2014