A few days ago, tragedy struck hard due south of Portland. On a freeway outside of Los Angeles, a 21-year-old woman apparently drove her car the wrong way at speeds up to 100 mph.
Her Camaro smashed head-on into another vehicle. The car accident left six people dead and others injured, including the driver, who law enforcement officials said had been drinking before the crash.
Among the injured in the crash: the 21-year-old driver. Among the dead: the driver’s 24-year-old sister, who was reportedly part of a group that included the driver for a “girl’s night out.”
Witnesses reported seeing the car hurtling east at up to 100 miles per hour in the westbound lanes of a highway before it crushed a Ford Explorer in a head-on crash.
A man and a woman in the Explorer died at the scene of the violent collision. Two of their family members, both women, were also inside the Explorer. They died later at a nearby hospital.
Police said the Explorer was first struck head-on by the Camaro and then hit by a Ford Freestyle. The 57-year-old driver of the Freestyle received minor injuries.
The 21-year-old Camaro driver reportedly had a DUI conviction back in 2010, stemming from a 2009 arrest. She was just 17 years old then.
Her license was suspended, but reinstated in 2011.
The suffering that drunken drivers inflict on their victims across the nation is incalculable. However, for those who have been injured or who have lost a family member to an intoxicated driver, the process of holding the impaired driver responsible can begin with a conversation with an experienced personal injury attorney.