Just like the roads in Pittsburgh are filled with various types of vehicles, these vehicles are filled with many types of motorists. Some drivers might be young while others might be elderly, and several drivers might be in route to or from work, school or the store while others might be driving for work. No matter what time of day it is, drivers are on the road for numerous reasons, and while drivers seek to get to and from their destinations safely, this desire does not protect them from a negligent driver.
Although motorists are well aware of the dangers drinking and driving cause, drivers still get behind the wheel while intoxicated. And according to police in Allegheny County, a fatal crash recently occurred because the driver was under the influence of alcohol.
Based on preliminary reports, the drunk driving accident happened on Route 30 near the Westinghouse Bridge when the driver of a pickup truck in the westbound lane struck a guardrail. This caused the vehicle to swerve into the eastbound lanes of the highway, hitting a sedan head-on. This collision resulted in the death of the driver of the sedan.
According to the criminal complaint, the driver of the pickup truck and his female passenger abandoned the vehicle immediately following the crash. When officers spotted the two walking near the accident site, the couple supposedly began to run. Shortly after, the two were apprehended and the driver was charged with a DUI, a vehicular homicide charge and several other charges.
Losing a loved one in a fatal accident can be a devastating event. If a drunk driver is responsible for the death of a loved one, family members might have recourses available. Further investigation as well as the criminal complaint could help loved ones hold a drunk driver accountable for the damages and loses caused by the wrongful death.
Source: Pittsburgh.cbslocal.com, “Man Charged In Fatal East Pittsburgh Crash,” Aug. 28, 2016