In the state of Connecticut, you are considered legally intoxicated when your blood alcohol level reaches .08 or above. Although it seems drivers have been repeatedly warned about the serious, even deadly consequences of drunk driving , there are those that still choose to drink and drive.
When someone chooses to drink and drive, that decision not only affects that person, but everyone he or she shares the road with. It sometimes seems like every time you turn around, you hear about another accident that involved someone driving under the influence of alcohol. Campaigns aimed at increasing the public's awareness to the problem may be making an impact in a small way, but drunk driving is still happening all too often, and the consequences can be fatal.
Few car accidents in New Haven, CT are more despicable in nature than that of a hit-and-run. As if hitting a car and causing damage and possible injuries isn't bad enough, leaving the scene just adds insult to injury. People run for a variety of reasons including fear of being held responsible for the damages done or being found driving while intoxicated. Whatever the at-fault party tells themselves, there really is no good reason to speed away from a car accident you caused.
Back on Jan. 22, we discussed the wrongful death lawsuit brought against a Connecticut nightclub by the parents of a college student who was killed in a drunk driving accident in 2009. The drunk driver in the fatal crash had spent several hours drinking at Ultra 88, a club within the Mohegan Sun casino. The victim's parents said that Ultra 88 servers continued to serve alcohol to the driver even though he was obviously intoxicated, then allowed him to drive off.
A wrongful death trial against a nightclub within the Mohegan Sun casino was close to beginning in a Connecticut courtroom on Jan. 15 as jury selection began. The plaintiffs in the wrongful death case, including the family of a 20-year-old woman who was killed in a highway crash in 2009, hinges in large part on whether the club over served alcohol to the driver of the other car and allowed him to drive away despite being intoxicated.
A man with a prior DUI arrest on his lengthy record was arrested on Oct. 23 and accused of striking two pedestrians with his car and fleeing the scene. One of the men died of brain injuries suffered in the car accident. The man reportedly admitted being high on drugs at the time and may have been drunk as well.
A Connecticut woman who initially told police she was distracted by her cellphone has been charged with driving while intoxicated after her involvement in a three-car crash in Port Chester recently.