Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and the improper use of a narcotic painkiller combined to cause a fatal traffic accident outside of Spartanburg, South Carolina (SC). The deadly crash occurred at the intersection of East Blackstock Road and Bradford Drive in the town of Moore on the afternoon of December 3, 2014.
According to a report on Fox's Carolina news website, the at-fault driver admitted to being drunk, taking oxycodone tablets and reaching a speed of 70 mph on the street dividing major residential subdvisions before running into the rear of the car in which a 75-year-old woman lost her life. The initial rear-end collision sent the deceased victim's vehicle into the path of oncoming traffic, where it was hit head-on by another car. The woman had been stopped while attempting to make a left-hand turn.
Both the man driving the pickup truck who started the deadly chain of events and the driver of the third vehicle suffered injuries requiring hospital treatment. The DUI driver also appeared to have caused an earlier hit-and-run accident that left another adult injured.
Drunk and drugged driving leads to tens of thousands of wrecks throughout the United States each year. In South Carolina during 2008-2010, more than 2,700 crashes that resulted in severe injuries and deaths involved alcohol or drug abuse. Each of those tragedies was likely preventable if people made the responsible choice to stay out of their cars and trucks while impaired.