It is one of the saddest things to lose a child. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be for a parent to cope with this grief. These thoughts shadowed my mind after reading an article on News 10, a Sacramento news station. The article was about two teenagers who were dramatically killed in a drunk-driving accident that could possibly have been avoided.
The accident occurred when the driver of the car, a 20-year old named Michael Dimitras, lost control of his car and slammed into a utility pole. Two passengers, Kendall Lui (18-years old) and Brian Haight (19-years old), were killed, while two other passengers, Colin White and Ryan Neal, suffered from serious injuries. Michael was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving causing great bodily injury. He was sentenced to six years and 4 months in prison.
It is amazing how a moment can change your life forever. When tested, Michael’s BAC was at a 0.09. As a 20-year old, any BAC over .01 would have been illegal, however it is interesting to note that his reading was only .01 over the legal BAC for adults 21-years and older. Even this limit can alter a driver’s ability to react in time to dangerous situations and handle a motor vehicle in a safe manner. Therefore, serves as another piece of solid proof that you shouldn’t mix drinking and driving.
I repeat, don’t mess around with drinking and driving. At our Personal Injury Law Office, we have seen many people lose their lives at the hand of this dangerous combination. Actually, we see it on a daily basis. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured because of a drunk driver’s misconduct, please call me. I am here to help.
For the full article on this accident, please click here.