Holidays are a time for fun and celebration, and few holidays encompass that better than St. Patrick's Day. As thousands of people in the Charleston area celebrated being Irish -- or just celebrated -- on Sunday, there's no doubt that alcohol was involved. While there's nothing wrong with drinking to celebrate, when someone decides to get behind the wheel of a car, disaster can strike.
Unfortunately, this seems to have been what happened over the weekend when a fatal crash occurred in nearby Cabell County. According to WOWK TV, a crash on Sunday afternoon may have involved alcohol. The head-on collision led to the tragic death of a Kenova woman.
Police say they believe the driver who survived was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. A warrant has been issued for the Huntington man's arrest, and police say he has been convicted of drunk driving several times before. His license was also revoked at the time of the crash. Police say the man will face charges of DUI causing death.
Sadly, this collision shows the devastation that drunk driving can cause. No family deserves to lose a loved one because of another person's reckless behavior. Yet despite the repeated news stories of victims killed by drunk drivers, people continue to do it. Although we hope people learn from their poor decisions, it's clear from this case that not everyone does. In a situation like this, a victim's family may find that filing a wrongful death suit against a drunk driver not only helps them find some closure in a difficult situation, but also helps them feel that justice has been served.
Source: WOWK TV, "One dies in fatal car accident; other driver suspected of DUI," Alexi Alizadeh, March 17, 2013