A drunk driver is being blamed for causing a rear-end collision in Wilmington, North Carolina (NC), that left a passenger in the struck car dead. The fatal accident occurred shortly after 1 am on December 27, 2014, at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Carolina Beach Road. News reports did not indicate whether anyone else suffered injuries in the crash.
According to television station WWAY-3, police have charged the woman behind the wheel of the car that ran into the other vehicle with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and causing a death. The town of Leland, NC, which borders Wilmington to the northwest, also saw a deadly DWI crash at close to the same time. The impaired driver in that later drunk driving accident, too, faces numerous felony charges.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving cited federal statistics when reporting in 2012 that "the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day includes some of the most dangerous days for drunk driving deaths, and the numbers are getting worse in recent years -- as annual drunk driving deaths have decreased, there has been an increase in the proportion of drunk driving deaths around the holidays." That sad reality leads many states, including North Carolina, to increase police presence on highways to spot and pull over impaired drivers. No enforcement program can keep every person who has had too much to drink from making the reckless and potentially deadly mistake to drive, however. Every person owes it to themselves and others to set down the keys when they pick up a beer, glass of wine or shot of whiskey.
My Carolina personal injury and wrongful death attorney colleagues and I have had to help too many families pick up the pieces after a child or parent has gotten permanently disabled or killed by a drunk driver. Our hope for this holiday season is that no one acts so irresponsibly and recklessly, allowing everyone to greet the New Year safely and happily.