There are many times in life when the young and hopeful are taken from us too soon. Tragic events, such as drunk driving car accidents, leave deep wounds in families and the communities to which they belong. These scars can last decades. In small, tightly-knit communities, these heavy losses are even harder to bear. Survivors of these terrible accidents are not lucky, by any means. Guilt and sorrow take them over, leaving only terrible memories of the accident. Sometimes, the psychological impact of a drunk driving accident is far worse than any physical injury that might happen. Cuts and bruises heal with time. Memories and nightmares, sadly, do not.
Death, while a natural part of life, is never expected nor readily accepted, particularly when the victim is a young person. In these cases, the grief may permeate beyond the victim’s loved ones, and may be felt by every parent, sibling, and friend. For the family and friends of drunk driving accident victims, such overwhelming loss is fully realized.
On Friday, April 24, 2015, 24-year-old Leshia Barnes was driving a Chevy Blazer when she ran a red light and hit a Pontiac Montana driven by a 23-year-old Waterford, California woman. According to ABC 7 News, the Waterford woman was attempting to take a right hand turn onto Woodward Street in Oakland, California. She ran a red light in order to make the turn. Police later discovered that the woman was severely intoxicated.
Tragically, the drunk driver also had passengers in her vehicle at the time of the accident. Specifically, the woman’s brother, a 16-year-old, her 2-year-old nephew and 3-year-old daughter were also in the Montana at the time. All of the passengers were responsive, but in critical condition, after the terrible car accident. The police have withheld the names of the victims for privacy reaons.
Injured by a drunk driver in an accident? If so, you may be entitled to significant pecuniary damages from the responsible person. Call 617-787-3700, 24/7, to speak with one of our esteemed Boston drunk driving injury attorneys.