When a drunk driving accident happens, one of the first thoughts on many people's minds is how could someone be so careless as to drive drunk? With the overwhelming information available about the dangers of drinking and driving, it seems unfathomable that people would continue to drive under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents continue to happen in the New York City area.
One of the most recent victims of drunk driving is a 22 year old from Staten Island. The young man had been riding in the back seat of his friend's car when his friend drove off the road and into a utility pole. While the driver would not take a blood-alcohol test following the accident, emergency responders reported that he was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol. In addition, the driver's eyes were bloodshot and watery.
The 22 year old had been brought to the Staten Island University Hospital following his accident, but a spokeswoman for the hospital announced that he had been declared brain dead only two days later. Because he was an organ donor, his body was being kept alive.
When someone gets into a friend's car, he or she expects that the driver will get them to wherever they are going safely and without incident. Sadly, not every driver is as conscientious about safety as he or she should be, exposing others to serious risk. Unfortunately, when the driver is drunk, the risk goes up considerably. In this story, the alleged drunk driver's careless driving left his friend dead.
Source: Staten Island Advance, "Staten Island accident victim is pronounced 'brain-dead,'" John M. Annese, Dec. 20, 2012
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