The thought of any person on foot being hit by a vehicle can be enough to make anyone in Indiana shudder. When the person hit is a child with their whole life still before them, the tragedy can feel even worse. Grieving parents and fellow students at schools are left wondering why such a thing could be allowed to happen. This would be a natural thing to feel and may well be what many in the case of an accident that happened in Homer City last year may have experienced.
A boy who was only 16 was said to be along the side of a road in some grass when he was it by a drunk driver who could not accurately make a left turn. The driver was not even operating the vehicle at an excessive speed as reports show the vehicle's speed to be a maximum of 36 miles per hour at the time of the crash. The boy was taken by air to a hospital but died en route. The intoxicated driver's blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit at 0.16 percent.
Since the crash, the driver has been charged with multiple crimes including driving under the influence which is a misdemeanor and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence which is a felony. The latter could send the man to prison for as long as 20 years.
Relatives who must mourn the loss of their children at the hands of intoxicated drivers may find it helpful to discuss compensation options with an attorney.
Source: Indiana Gazette, "Homer City man pleads guilty in fatal DUI crash," September 2, 2017