April 24, 2012
University City Police have concluded their investigation into an accident that killed a 19-year-old man in February and have charged the driver responsible for his death. According to KSDK 5 News, the 30-year-old woman from Kirkwood, Missouri, faces counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.
The accident happened around 11:15 p.m. along Delmar Boulevard on February 3. The young man had just gotten off work and was riding his bicycle home when a vehicle struck him from behind while he was waiting for a light to change. Rescue crews rushed the young man to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, but he died the following day from his injuries.
Police conducted several field sobriety tests with the driver responsible for the accident, which she failed. A Breathalyzer test indicated that her blood alcohol level was 0.262 percent, more than three times the legal limit.
The drunk driver was charged Friday and was free that afternoon, pending her next court date, after posting a $25,000 bail.
According to statistics from the non-profit organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 258 lives in Missouri were lost last year because of drunk driving. That’s more than one-third of the state’s total traffic fatalities.
The St. Louis Drunk Driving Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers ask that we all do our part to reduce these numbers by not getting behind the wheel after drinking. Establish a designated driver for your party before drinking instead.
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