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Suspected drunk driver causes fatal pedestrian accident

Most people in New Haven, and elsewhere, are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. That, however, does not always prevent people from getting behind the wheel after they have consumed alcohol, which often results in alcohol-related accidents. According to an estimate from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., intoxicated drivers or pedestrians are involved in approximately 32 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents.

According to reports, a pedestrian was killed in Queens recently, after being hit by an alleged drunk driver. The man, it was reported, was attempting to cross the road when he was struck. It was not detailed whether he was in a crosswalk at the time of the auto accident. He reportedly died at the scene.

As a result of the fatal accident, the driver of the car, a 42-year-old Florida man, has been arrested for drunk driving. Details were not reported, however, regarding the man’s blood-alcohol content level at the time of the accident. It remains unknown to the public at this time whether a blood, breath or other type of sobriety test was administered. Additionally, no information was detailed as to whether the driver might face upgraded or additional charges due to the pedestrian’s death.

The negligence of driving while intoxicated can take a life in the blink of an eye, often devastating the family and other loved ones who are left behind. Although it cannot bring back a person who is killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, speaking with an attorney may help those who have experienced this type of situation to better understand their rights. It can also help them to learn more about their options for seeking compensation.

Source: New York Daily News, "Man killed by allegedly drunk driver in Queens,” Joseph Stepansky and Barry Paddock, July 5, 2014

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