Even the most conscientious parent shares the roads of Kentucky with motorists that may show little respect for the safety of children. This is a risk that can have heart-breaking results, especially when a very young child dies in a preventable vehicle accident.
A fatal accident occurred on a recent Friday night in Louisville. A van driven by a mother, with her twin baby daughters and two teenage girls as passengers, was involved in a tragic motor vehicle accident. The van was hit when another car ploughed past a stop sign and into the vehicle. One of the 5-month-old babies was killed, and the other remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Authorities have arrested a 51-year-old man alleged to have been under the influence of alcohol while at the helm of the car that crashed into the woman's van. Police say the man was previously convicted of DUI, and his license was suspended at the time of the collision. He is now facing a murder charge and several other severe charges.
Some of the relatives of the deceased 5-month-old returned with friends to the scene of the accident Saturday morning. They left tributes around the street pole where the tragic loss of life occurred.
One woman, speaking for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, commented on pending state legislation, which would require ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers. She notes the importance of community cooperation in stamping out a culture of drunk driving.
Many Kentucky families would agree. When a fatal car accident caused by a deadly drunk driver is clearly preventable, serious judicial and financial consequences should be the result. It is important to know your options if you have been affected by such a devastating crash involving alcohol.
Source: WDRB, "Infant dies in DUI crash," Tamara Evans, March 17, 2014