Oak Ridge Police say that a 61-year-old woman caused a fatal car accident while she was driving under the influence. The incident happened on a recent Friday and involved three colliding vehicles at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Oak Ridge Turnpike in Knoxville.
When emergency responders arrived at the crash site, it was necessary to extricate a 37-year-old woman and her young daughter, aged 4. Both the woman and her daughter were rushed to University of Tennessee Medical Center. Tragically, doctors were unable to save the 37-year-old mother and she died at the hospital. The 4-year-old, on the other hand, was still receiving medical treatment as of last reports. The person who was driving the third vehicle did not have any injuries.
The 61-year-old intoxicated driver, who allegedly caused the accident, did not have any reported injuries. Police later arrested the woman and charged her with DUI. They also charged her with vehicular homicide, fleeing an accident scene, violation of implied consent laws, reckless driving and failing to maintain her lane of traffic. The investigation of the collision is still ongoing.
Getting behind the wheel of an automobile while intoxicated is a devastating decision made by many Knoxville residents. Even though most intoxicated drivers actually never get caught and make it home safely, the decision to drive drunk is a bad one that endangers numerous people. Drunk driving is also illegal, and if the act contributes to the injury of another individual, the injured party can seek financial restitution and justice from the drunk driver who caused the injuries by filing a personal injury action in court.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, “Oak Ridge woman charged in fatal car crash,” May 09, 2016