The roads of New York are dangerous enough when everybody is driving sober and obeying the law. When you add a drunk driver to the mix, there is a higher chance of an accident, one in which people can be seriously injured or killed.
According to police, a 26-year-old woman will be facing vehicular manslaughter charges after causing a three-vehicle accident that killed one person and injured five others.
The woman was driving under the influence on Randall Crossing Road during the late afternoon hours when she was unable to make a turn in the road. The New York State Police said that her vehicle went through a grassy area, crossed over railroad tracks and then collided with two vehicles on Route 14.
A passenger in one of the vehicles that was hit was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of that vehicle was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for the treatment of injuries.
Three people riding in the woman’s vehicle at the time of the accident were also injured.
In addition to a charge of driving while intoxicated, she was also charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter. After being arraigned in court, she was released on a $10,000 bail.
This type of car accident was the direct result of a person getting behind the wheel after drinking too much alcohol. If the woman had been sober, she may have remained on the road, never crossing into traffic and colliding with the other vehicles. The victims in this crash are now faced with an uncertain future, both physically and financially.
Source: The Leader, “Rome woman charged in fatal 3-car accident” Amber Brenza, Jul. 18, 2014