Drunk driving accidents, especially those that result in death or serious injury, are devastating to victims and their families. Although the law allows a victim to sue a drunk driver and receive compensation, this will never make up for lost lives. In cases where a sole survivor has to recover without his or her loved ones, it can be extremely heartbreaking; but when a tragic situation turns miraculous, it can shed a light on the positive side of humanity.
An accident caused by a drunk driver can turn the most joyous occasion into a solemn event. A man who was operating a boat while intoxicated unfortunately caused this effect for several of his friends: the accident shattered a scheduled wedding by killing the bride-to-be and the best man, and injuring four others -- including the then soon-to-be groom, the boat driver, and two others.
Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime, and when a drunk driver does so, usually all that is accomplished is adding another crime to the list of charges. People who leave the scene usually do so in the usual ways such as leaving their car fleeing on foot. Rarely do people get as creative as one man who recently jumped into the Ohio River and tried to swim away.
Ohio judges currently command considerable discretion regarding the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in the vehicle of any motorist convicted of drunk driving.
A writer in a recent opinion piece for a national newspaper advances an opinion that might strongly resonate with a good many Ohio and other readers across the country.
Calling it “a real shock,” Columbus City Schools spokesperson Jeff Warner last week addressed the DUI incident that had many Columbus residents concerned and talking.
Matthew Cordle, the young Ohio man who chose YouTube as a venue for confessing to his central role in a fatal drunk driving accident in Columbus this past summer, was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison last week.
Let the blame game begin.