On Tuesday, February 17, 2010 a husband and wife who were both 65 years old were returning home after having had lunch out together. It was 11:40 a.m. The couple was not too far from their home, only about two blocks away. Little did they know that as they were stopped at a traffic light that their lives were about to come to a violent and tragic end. Suddenly, without warning, their vehicle was hit from behind by a drunk driver traveling at a very high speed. The couple’s vehicle was flipped multiple times and ended up in the desert. The wife was thrown from their vehicle. The husband was trapped inside. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
The couple’s vehicle was hit by a car driven by a 19-year-old female driver, whose blood alcohol level was 0.267 more than three times the legal limit. The female Las Vegas drunk driver, according to the investigating police officers, had a strong odor of an unknown intoxicant on her breath. The drunk driver was slurring her speach. Her eyes were bloodshot. The drunk driver stated that she had been drinking. She said she was drunk and that she should be taken to jail.
This was not the only crash the female Las Vegas drunk driver had at 11:30 a.m. Just before the above crash, the drunk driver had rear-ended another vehicle at another traffic light. The drunk driver sped away from that crash only to end up causing the fatal crash where she killed the two 65 year old victims. The driver who the drunk hit first called the police and reported the drunk driver. He reported that the drunk driver had rear-ended him, that she looked like she was falling asleep, and that she ran into a guardrail after fleeing the scene where she rear-ended him. The driver who was rear-ended, pursued the drunk after he reported the crash to the police. He arrived at the scene of the fatal crash shortly after it happened.
The drunk Las Vegas driver has ruined many lives and left a path of destruction in her wake. The couple who were returning home after lunch are dead. Their families are devastated. There are children and grandchildren who are now grieving and without their loved family members.
The drunk driver has ruined her life also. She will certainly go to prison for many years. Tragically, the drunk driver reportedly was a model student. She consistently earned A and B grades at college. In addition to attending college, the drunk driver was in the Nevada Army National Guard. The drunk driver’s parents said that they did not know how they would survive or get over the incident.
There are now two families trying to recover from this tragedy. On the Murphy & Murphy Law Offices web site at nvpilaw.com, we provide a number of ways to reduce your chances of being injured in an auto accident. Go to our web site and see. One of the suggestions is to stay off the roads at times when the possibility of drunk drivers being on the road is increased. Usually late at night or the very early morning hours. This tragic accident proves that a drunk driver can strike at any time and at any place. The only thing that can be done is for those who have been drinking or are otherwise impaired to stay where they are. Just do not get behind the wheel of a car. Call a friend. Call a cab. Take the bus. Do anything but do not drive.
As some of my other posts have stated, there are many Las Vegas drivers who seem to think that the laws and rules of the road do not apply to them. They break the laws and rules of the road because they are in a hurry or think that they are more important than everybody else. Here is some news, YOU ARE NOT. The laws and rules apply to everyone. Do not place the lives, health and safety of innocent people at risk just because of your over inflated view of your self importance. If you and everyone else follows the laws and rules of the road, everyone will be safer. You and everyone else will get to where we are going on time. And, you will find if you do that, you will have less stress in your life. You will actually feel better. How can you beat that?