People in Ohio may be unfortunately used to stories about accidents caused by drunk drivers at key holiday times like the Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve. However these are far from the only times when intoxicated people injure or kill others because they refuse to hand over their keys to someone else. In fact, an accident caused by a drunk or a drugged driver can happen anytime, anywhere.
One example can be seen in a recent fatal crash in Indiana in the early morning hours along a stretch of Interstate 70. Reports indicate that one man had hired a ridesharing driver but that the pair had stopped on the side of the freeway and were both standing outside of the car in which they had been riding. As they were along the side of the road, a pickup truck came along. Instead of remaining in the vehicle lane of travel, the truck veered onto the shoulder and hit the two pedestrians.
The driver of the pickup tried to run away but was apprehended by officers. It is believed that he was under the influence of alcohol but no details on his blood alcohol content are known. The two men who were hit were both killed. The at-fault driver has since been identified as someone from another country who has been deported on two prior occasions.
After a fatal accident, surviving family members might want to talk to an attorney to learn how they might seek some type of compensation.
Source: Indy Star, “Colts player Edwin Jackson, Uber driver killed by suspected drunken driver in country illegally,” Justin L. Mack and Emma Kate Fittes, February 4, 2018