It is a tragedy any time a child is involved in a car crash, and it's particularly devastating when the accident could have been prevented with better judgment. In a recent news report out of New Jersey, a child was killed when hit by a driver.
The July 20 report indicates that the driver had been drinking before the crash. The driver, who had previously been at a concert, reportedly drank vodka at the concert hours before the crash.
The 34-year-old man has been charged with drunk driving for failing field sobriety tests and having the smell of alcohol on his breath. The police at the scene reported he had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .07 percent, under the legal limit but not necessarily an amount that is safe for driving. In New Jersey, people can be convicted for driving under the influence if they have a BAC under .08 in certain circumstances.
The driver struck the 13-year-old child on a skateboard when he crossed a double yellow line. The teen had been heading east by the curb of the road. The driver did attempt to stop, police state, because there were marks on the road to show that he tried to brake quickly.
In situations like this, it's important not to jump to conclusions about the cause of a crash, but it's equally important to make sure someone is held accountable. A young life was ended early in this case, and that's something that no amount of money or number of penalties will ever be able to reverse.