A middle school dean from upstate New York has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses after being involved in a DWI crash that injured three construction workers. On October 8th at around 9pm, Daniel Behan, 48, struck a worker painting lines on the roadway, according to police. The worker, Brian Healy, and two more who were hit by debris were taken to Wilson hospital and are recovering. According to Fox 40, the area was a Department of Transportation work site, but the workers were subcontractors, not DOT workers. Behan is the dean at McQuaid Jesuit middle school in Rochester, New York and is currently on paid leave.
Behan has been reportedly been charged with DWI, reckless driving, failure to reduce speed in construction area, failure to use proper lane, and three counts of the Class D felony of reckless endangerment. Because he refused to take a breathalyzer test, a blood alcohol (BAC) content was not able to be established, according to reports. Behan is well-respected at his place of employment, with McQuaid Jesuit releasing a statement saying that he is “known as an outstanding teacher and is much beloved and admired by both students and their parents.”
Construction sites are inherently dangerous due to the regular use of hazardous materials, their often-precarious locations, and the use of heavy equipment. Although this particular incident was caused by an external factor, construction accidents are not uncommon. Furthermore, accidents that occur as a result of driving under the influence are very common and are a serious problem in New York and the country. In the United States, 2009 saw an estimated 10,839 fatalities from alcohol-impaired crashes, accounting for 32% of all traffic deaths. These are considered especially tragic because these kinds of events are highly preventable.
Injuries from drunk driving and construction accidents can leave victims dead or seriously injured, often leading to considerable financial, physical, and mental hardships for the victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in which the driver was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, contact a New York drunk driving accident attorney to find out if you have legal recourse. You may be entitled to receive compensation for medical bills, lawyers’ fees, lost wages, and pain and suffering.