An impaired driver, under alcohol or drugs, can be fatal when they are behind the wheel. In one case, police charged a motorist with driving under the influence of marijuana for the wrongful death of a 10-year-old girl in Kokomo earlier this month.
The 20-year-old suspect was driving his 2002 Hyundai Sonata when he allegedly struck the victim. She was walking home form a nearby bus stop around 4:00 pm. He did not stop.
She was transported to a local hospital and then airlifted to Indianapolis' Riley's Children's Hospital. the child later died from injuries which the Marion county Coroner attributed to blunt force trauma.
Shortly afterwards, police spoke to the suspect in the garage of a home where parked his Hyundai. Police identified a very strong smell of marijuana when they approached the suspect in the garage. One officer said that the suspect's speech was slow and slurred. They also saw damage to his vehicle's windshield that appeared to have been caused by colliding with a body.
He admitted that he struck the victim in this fatal car crash. The suspect claimed that he stopped and got out of his car to check on her, but she appeared unhurt and he left. An officer said that he acted impaired or was attempting to manipulate details because his answers were short and unspecific. However, he also admitted that he smoked marijuana a few hours before the crash.
He eventually consented to a blood test at the hospital. Police also administered three field sobriety tests that he flunked.
Prosecutors filed charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. Charges were later added to include operating a motor vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance in the blood. He is in jail with a $50,000 bond.
An attorney can help families who suffer the loss of a loved a one at the hands of a drug or alcohol impaired driver. An experienced personal injury attorney can help gain evidence to pursue a cause of action and seek damages.