Here in Massachusetts, we all know the dangers of drunk driving. When people choose to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking, they put their own lives and the lives of others in jeopardy. Despite the many victims who have been injured and killed by drunk drivers, people in our state continue to drive while intoxicated. Sadly, this negligent act took yet another life in Massachusetts this weekend.

An 18-year-old woman — a freshman at Gordon College — was killed early Saturday morning in Lakeville when her vehicle was hit by an alleged drunk driver. The tragic car accident, which was so forceful it caused both cars to overturn, brought an abrupt end a family’s weekend celebration. The young student was visiting home to celebrate Easter.

Police arrested the 23-year-old driver who apparently caused the fatal accident. She reported had a blood alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit. Police have charged her with motor vehicle homicide while driving under the influence of liquor with negligence, among other charges. The woman has entered a plea of not guilty. The criminal charges leveled against this woman, however, do not rule out the possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit on her behalf.

If any accident so clearly illustrates the devastating consequences of drunk driving, it is this one. This young woman led a wholesome life, according to her family. She did not smoke and never drank, they said, and her faith was especially important to her. Hopefully, this tragedy will prevent others in Massachusetts from making the poor decision to drive while intoxicated.

Source: The Salem News, “Driver held in crash that killed student,” April 2, 2013

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