April 25, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that 68 percent of U.S. children killed in alcohol-related crashes between 1997 and 2002 were passengers of the drunk driver. Also, 68 percent of the drunken drivers involved in these crashes survived, which suggests that some of the children might also have survived if they were wearing a seatbelt.
For instance, a 44-year-old Terre Haute, Indiana man was arrested Friday for DUI after crashing a stolen vehicle into a parked car while driving with two young girls in the vehicle with him. According to WTHITV 10 News, the accident happened at the corner of 15th and Poplar.
Police say that the driver seemed incoherent and claimed that the vehicle’s brakes had gone out moments before crashing into a ditch. After running the tags on the vehicle, officers found out that the car he crashed was stolen. The driver and a pair of six and seven-year-old girls, who were unrestrained passengers in the stolen car, were taken to a local hospital for treatment after complaining of chest pains.
The driver now faces several felony and misdemeanor charges, including automobile theft, possession of methamphetamine, driving with a suspended license, driving drunk, endangering a person, and neglect of a dependent.