A February 2012 car accident has resulted in a criminal conviction for a Pennsylvania woman. The woman was drunk, with a blood alcohol content (BAC) double the legal limit of .08 percent. She was convicted of assault, vehicular assault and driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.
The accident, which occurred on 51st Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, pinned two construction workers against a truck. Passersby were able to free one of the men. However, the second victim’s leg was crushed and was eventually amputated.
Drunk driving car accidents often result in serious injuries or death, as drunk drivers are more likely to be speeding and driving erratically. Drunk drivers are also more likely to be the subjects of criminal charges when there are injuries or fatalities.
New York Police Department is known for not charging drivers who cause injury, although recently they committed to doing so more frequently. The tradition had been that drivers who caused injury would not be charged unless the victim died or was likely to die. Whether this will change in the future remains to be seen.
Source: timesonline.com, “Pa. woman convicted in NYC DUI crash,” Jun. 11, 2013.