Alcohol And Speed Factors In Fatal Cleveland Car Crash

by nph | March 16th, 2012

March 16, 2012

Alcohol, speed, and driver distraction are to blame in a two-vehicle car accident that left an innocent victim dead. Reports from WKYC 3 News indicate that the crash happened at 2:09 a.m. at the intersection of Eddy Road and St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.

A 33-year-old woman was driving her 1997 Buick Skylark thorough the intersection when a 2000 Ford Expedition driven by a 33-year-old man ran a red light and plowed into her vehicle. The impact sent the woman’s sedan skidding across the roadway until it struck a pole.

Paramedics were able to free the woman from the wreckage and transported her by ambulance to MetroHealth Medical Center. She died shortly after arriving.

After the crash, the driver of the Expedition fled the scene on foot. Police were able to track the man down to the 15900 block of Whitcomb Avenue, where they found him in an intoxicated state. He was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide as well as felony hit-and-run.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, alcohol and speed are the top contributing factors in fatal motor vehicle accidents today, accounting for 39 percent and 30 percent of the total number of fatal crashes respectively.

The Ohio Car Accident Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy send their condolences to the woman’s family and strongly encourage all motorists to never get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.