Massachusetts authorities say that a breath test administered to a suspected drunk driver nearly six hours after a crash indicated the man's blood alcohol level was .09. The driver was subsequently charged in connection with the deadly drunk driving accident. He has since been released on bail.
According to police, the 23-year-old college student was traveling at excessive speeds on Route 140 when he failed to stop at a red traffic light in Bristol County. Witnesses indicated that the collegian's vehicle passed the vehicle they occupied going approximately 80 to 85 mph. As the vehicle sped through the intersection and slammed into another vehicle, the witnesses saw no brake lights, and it did not appear the vehicle slowed at all prior to the collision.
The 63-year-old driver of the second vehicle was in the process of making a left turn en route to the grocery store where he worked at the time of the collision. An off-duty firefighter and police personnel witnessed the crash and found the victim unconscious and trapped in his vehicle. At that time, they could find no pulse either. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say they found an open bottle of alcohol and marijuana in the young driver's vehicle.
The driver believed responsible for this terrible drunk driving accident is charged with several crimes in connection with the Massachusetts man's death. Moreover, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim, seeking redress for financial losses sustained with regard to the death of their loved one. Their emotional recovery could take a long time, but any monetary damages awarded in an effectively presented civil action, wherein negligence is proved, could help with the family's financial recovery.
Source: thesunchronicle.com, "Norton man charged in crash that killed Raynham driver freed on $10K cash bail", David Linton, April 28, 2014