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Injured passenger left behind after accident

Drinking and driving do not mix, even when the drunk driver's vehicle is the one to sustain the brunt of the damage. We often talk in this space about drunk drivers crashing into other cars and causing injuries, but the occupants of other vehicles are not the only ones at risk. Even when an impaired driver crashes into a stationary object, innocent passengers in the vehicle could still get hurt.

A man was recently riding with his friend in his friend's sport utility vehicle when the driver crashed into a tree. The driver reportedly walked away from the scene of the accident leaving his friend in the vehicle. According to police, the accident happened around 9:00 p.m. in his Mercury Mountaineer when the 37-year-old driver slid off the icy road, crashing into the tree. His 39-year-old passenger was trapped.

The man walked west, away from the accident, according to police. The driver made it to a residence about two miles away before police found him. Police and emergency crews had to remove the friend from the SUV. The friend was taken to the hospital with lower leg injuries. Police stated that they believed alcohol was a factor in the car accident, but did not elaborate on charges that the driver could be facing, or, if he was facing any at all.

It is a driver's responsibility to ensure that not only other motorists, but passengers in his or her own vehicle, are safe. If a person drives after drinking, there is a substantial risk that someone is going to get hurt, even if the accident involves only the driver's vehicle.

WANE Channel 15 News, "Man left trapped in SUV after crash," Jan 29, 2012

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