People in certain professions, including law enforcement officers, should know the dangers of drinking and driving. This makes the situation seem worse when these professionals opt to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. In one recent case, a cabinet maker was killed when an off-duty cop allegedly decided to drive drunk.
The 24-year-old Suffolk County officer reportedly had 10 pints of beer and a margarita prior to the fatal crash. The off-duty officer slammed head-on into a van while driving the wrong way along the westbound lanes of Sunrise Highway. The driver of the van was killed in the accident. The collision resulted in a fire, which burned the 37-year-old man to the point where he wasn’t recognizable.
The alleged drunk driver is said to have had a .17 percent blood-alcohol concentration, which is more than double the legal limit. That driver has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges of manslaughter and aggravated vehicular homicide in connection with the accident.
He was placed on a $150,000 in connection with the charges, but has was released after that was put up. He was suspended without pay after the incident.
Driving drunk, not following the flow of traffic, and not following traffic laws are all actions that can have deadly results. In some cases, the car crashes caused by these actions can lead to serious injuries. It may be possible to seek compensation from the driver who was driving in a reckless or negligent manner. This compensation can cover medical bills, burial expenses and other damages related to the accident.
Source: NBC 4 New York, “Off-Duty Cop Had 10 Pints of Beer, Margarita at Bar Before Deadly Wrong-Way Crash, Indictment Alleges,” Greg Cergol, Dec. 14, 2016