At about 2 a.m. Sunday morning, a deadly crash occurred in Arlington, Texas. According to police, a man was driving south in his Dodge Avenger on Matlock Road when he ran a red light and struck a westbound Chevrolet on the service road of Interstate 20. After the impact, the Chevrolet went into a spin and crashed into a traffic light pole. There were four people in the Chevrolet, and one passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Another woman was transported to Medical Center of Arlington, where she later died. A third woman was in critical condition. The fourth occupant of the Chevrolet was a man who suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated in Fort Worth at John Peter Smith Hospital.
The driver of the Dodge was locked up in Arlington City Jail after being treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. According to police, the Killeen man will be charged with one count of intoxication assault and two counts of intoxication manslaughter.
Police said the driver of the Dodge had open alcohol containers in his truck, and his speech was slurred immediately following the crash. Witnesses informed the police that the man in the Dodge drove through the intersection even though he had a red light.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) provides some statistics on drunk driving:
- It is estimated that 32% of all fatal traffic collisions involve an intoxicated motorist or pedestrian.
- Every year in the U.S., about 13,000 people are killed in accidents in which alcohol was a factor.
- Hundreds of thousands of people are injured as a result of drunk driving every year.
- Every year, there are over 1.4 million arrests for driving while intoxicated, and about 780,000 are convicted.
- The BAC (blood alcohol concentration) legal limit in all 50 states of the U.S. is .08% for drivers age 21 or older.