When it snows, the heroes of the hour are often the men and women who clear the roads. Without them, it would be difficult to navigate the Massachusetts roads after a snowstorm. However, one particular snowplow driver is suspected of being the cause of a drunk driving accident.
On Feb. 13 at about 12:30 p.m., two men were riding their ATVs on Route 112 in the vicinity of Garden State Park. The driver of a pickup truck with a snowplow attached struck the two men. They both suffered unknown injuries to their legs. It is not known how severe the injuries were, but reports indicate they were not life threatening. The current conditions of the two 19-year-old men were not available.
Authorities on the scene made the determination that the snowplow driver was impaired. He was taken into custody and charged with two OUI counts. One of those counts was for alcohol, and the other is for an unknown drug. In addition to the criminal proceedings, the driver could face personal injury claims from the two injured men. It is not known how long it will take the men to fully recover from their injuries, and a significant amount of medical bills and lost wages could accumulate during recovery.
If Massachusetts prosecutors secure a conviction in this suspected drunk driving accident, the men may use that conviction and any evidence presented in the criminal proceedings in civil court. If successful, the men may be awarded damages by the court. Any financial restitution may be used to cover the men's medical costs and lost wages.
Source: masslive.com, Snowplow driver who struck 2 ATV riders in Huntington arrested, charged with OUI, Patrick Johnson, Feb. 13, 2014