The dangers of drunk driving have hit home for one Oklahoma woman and the family of a man she is responsible for killing in a car crash last Wednesday. According to KTUL News, the 40-year-old woman was charged Tuesday with first-degree manslaughter in connection with the accident.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol says that the accident happened along Highway 59 near Grove, Oklahoma, at around 3:00 in the afternoon. Troopers say they believe the woman was driving under the influence of alcohol when she veered off the road while maneuvering a turn and struck a retaining wall near the highway. The impact caused her 47-year-old, male passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, to be partially ejected from the 2004 Chevrolet. He was pronounced dead at the scene once paramedics arrived.
Studies by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDOT) have shown a link between alcohol and lack of seat belt use. They found 38 percent of motorists involved in crashes used seat belts when the accident was not alcohol related, but the number dropped to 18 percent when alcohol was involved.
The Oklahoma auto accident attorneys at J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would like to encourage motorists to keep Oklahoma’s roadways safe by always buckling up and refraining from drinking if you are going to get behind the wheel. These two simple decisions could save your life, or that of another person.