Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty To Fatal New York Car Crash

by | April 20th, 2012

April 20, 2012

Research by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has shown that each year in New York, around 30,000 people are arrested on charges of driving under the influence. In 2008, more than 400 people in the state died in alcohol-related vehicle accidents. Those who are convicted of DUI can face harsh penalties, especially if someone is injured in an accident they caused.

Take, for instance, the case of a 25-year-old New York man who pleaded guilty in court Monday to two counts of vehicular homicide. The Wall Street Journal indicates that the crash happened in January 2011, along the Kensington Expressway in Eerie County. Documents show that the man was drunk and under the influence of drugs when he began driving on the road the wrong way at a high rate of speed. Within moments, he collided head-on with an SUV carrying two passengers, both of whom died in the crash.

The man responsible for the accident was seriously injured and remains bound to a wheelchair almost a year and a half after the crash. He now faces a sentence of eight to 25 years in prison.

The Buffalo Car Accident Lawyers with the William Mattar Law Offices say that while staying out of jail is one benefit of not drinking and driving, the more important impact it has is saving lives. For this reason, always utilize a designated driver or call a cab after drinking.