Mother Drunk Driving Causes Death of Teenage Daughter
Investigators report that a Florida mother, driving with her three young children on board, lost control of her vehicle causing it to flip and eject both her and one of her daughters. Officials suspect that the mother was driving under the influence of both alcohol and drugs at the time of the car accident.
The 14-year-old daughter that flew out of the vehicle died on impact; the mother is said to still be in critical condition at a local Florida Hospital. The other children received minor cuts and bruises.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is currently testing a sample of the mother’s blood to confirm alcohol or drugs were present in her system. The results are still pending.
Each year, thousands of unnecessary auto accidents occur as a result of drunk drivers. Despite laws and regulations in place to deter individuals from getting behind the wheel of a car, car accidents involving drunk drivers continue to be a problem in this country.
In 2009 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), part of the Department of Transportation in charge of enforcing safety standards for motor vehicles, indicates that there were over 33,000 fatalities that resulted from motor vehicle accidents and 32 percent of these involved an alcohol-impaired driver. In the state of Florida, over 2,500 people were killed as a result of a drunk driver.