No matter how many horrible stories we hear about drunk driving, the problem continues and more people become victims. Death and injury due to drunk driving is entirely avoidable and unnecessary, which is why it is even more devastating to those impacted and frustrating to those who work with the victims, like car accident attorneys.
This past weekend drunk driving claimed yet another victim. The accident occured on Sunday on I-285 and Chamblee Dunwoody Road. At about 2:15am, a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe slammed into the rear-end of a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis after the Grand Marquis stalled on the road. Originally, the call to Dunwoody police reported two persons stranded due to the stalled car, but was then changed to reflect an accident with serious injuries after the Tahoe rear-ended them only moments later. Inside the Grand Marquis, the driver and passenger, Evelyn Ngoboworigha and Stoyer Butler, were both severely injured and placed on ventilators – Ms. Ngoboworigha at Atlanta Medical Center and Mr. Butler at Grady Memorial Hospital. The driver of the Tahoe, 26-year-old Francisco Rodriguez-Vazquez, did not possess a valid driver’s license and was driving under the influence of alcohol. He attempted to flee from the crash on foot but was caught by police in the area almost immediately and arrested.
Unfortunately, that is not the end of this tragedy. Ms. Ngoboworigha, 57-years-old, died from her injuries at Atlanta Medical Center on Monday, according to Dunwoody police spokesman Tim Fecht. The other victim, 35-year-old Butler, is now in critical condition in a medically induced coma at Grady Memorial Hospital. The perpetrator of all this misery, Mr. Rodriguez-Vazquez, is in Dekalb County Jail, charged with vehicular homicide, serious injury by a vehicle, DUI, reckless driving, hit-and-run, driving without a license, and obstruction of officers.
Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys
Every day in the United States, 27 people die as a result of drunk driving accidents. In 2008, 416 people in Georgia alone died in accidents where the driver was over the legal limit for blood alcohol content. These tragedies do not need to happen, and dangerous drunk drivers need to be forced to learn this lesson through both the criminal courts and the civil courts. Criminal courts will hold those guilty accountable, but the civil courts can be used by victims to get compensation for their loss and suffering. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), about one third of all drivers arrested or convicted of a DUI are repeat offenders, highlighting the ongoing problem. If someone in your family has been the victim of a negligent or drunk driver, our personal injury lawyers may be able to help get needed compensation. Contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter at 404-991-5950, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.
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