Rome, NY police officer Hollie Kennedy was conducting a routine traffic stop on Chestnut Street at around 7:45 p.m. recently. Officer Kennedy stepped out of her cruiser and was just getting ready to walk towards the car she had pulled over when a minivan suddenly came crashing into the back of her cruiser. The minivan hit the police car with such force that the parked cruiser crashed into the car that had been pulled over in front of it in connection with the traffic stop. The driver of the minivan, 66-year-old Mark Neiss, was promptly arrested for drunk driving among other offenses.
After the motor vehicle accident, Officer Kennedy and the driver of the pulled over vehicle were both sent to the Rome Hospital for neck and back injuries, and they were both released the next morning. Syracuse.com does not report that Neiss sustained any injuries as a result of the auto collision, but his dog was in the minivan and broke its leg. The dog has since been seen by Rome Animal Control for treatment and care. Neiss was charged with third-degree assault and driving while intoxicated.
A car crash rarely involves just one driver and one car, and can seriously harm other drivers as well. In Massachusetts, and elsewhere, drunk drivers represent a serious risk of harm to other, more cautious drivers. Because of this, drunk drivers may be held accountable for the damages and injuries they cause, not just criminally, but also in a civil court. Call 617-787-3700 to contact our Boston drunk driver accident personal injury attorneys if you or a family member have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver.