4 motorcyclists killed in drunk driving crash
A driver has been accused of causing a Sumter County, Florida, motorcycle accident and the subsequent wrongful death of four bikers. Prosecutors allege that the man acted drunk after the incident. A witness who saw the accident from her vehicle testified against the driver, claiming that he attempted to dangerously pass her vehicle in his truck, getting so close that she could not see the truck's headlights.
The witness testified that when the truck attempted to pass the vehicle, it allegedly struck one of the motorcycles, whose driver had attempted to lay flat in order to avoid being hit. Unfortunately, it was not enough to avoid a tragic collision.
The witness continued, stating that the truck went airborne after colliding with the first motorcycle, flew over that bike and struck the second, causing one of its riders to fly into his windshield. The witness claimed that the driver made no effort to slow down before the crash occurred. All four motorcyclists were killed in the collision.
According to some witnesses and officials, certain signs indicated that the driver may have been intoxicated. For instance, one witness claimed that the man was slurring his speech and refused to get out of his truck after the accident. The man admitted that he had had two or three drinks, but claimed that he had done so several hours earlier.
The driver has been charged with DUI manslaughter, driving on a suspended license and vehicular homicide. If found guilty of these charges, the man could face life in prison.
This accident is a tragic reminder of the dangers of negligent driving. When a person chooses to operate a vehicle while intoxicated, he or she puts all other motorists on the road in immediate danger. This case should serve as a somber reminder to all drivers of the importance of safe and alert driving.
Source: Dailycommercial.com, "Prosecutor: Drunk driver killed bikers," Millard K. Ives, 8 June 2011