Those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs can potentially affect everyone who has the misfortune to share the road with them. The potential of an accident ending in serious injury or death is never worth the risk.
Yahoo! News reports that NASCAR Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer found himself in a fatal crash in Missouri earlier this month that is currently being investigated by state authorities.
Lake Ozark Police reports indicate that on June 5, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Bowyer was heading westbound on U.S. Highway 54, approaching State Highway 242, when he struck a woman walking on the highway ramp.
As soon as Bowyer realized the crash had occurred, he stopped his vehicle and called 911 to report the accident. While waiting for police and emergency services to arrive, he reportedly attempted to help the 47-year-old woman he had hit with his vehicle.
Paramedics declared the victim dead at the scene.
Investigators with the Lake Ozark Police Department noted that Bowyer’s vehicle was heavily damaged to the front driver’s side of the car and the windshield directly in front of the driver’s seat.
Bowyer submitted to field sobriety tests and a roadside sample that showed he had a .000 percent blood alcohol content.
Officers responding to the scene found a vial of a crystalline substance among the victim’s belongings, believed to be methamphetamine. The police report indicates that investigators believe the woman was under the influence of drugs.
In a statement to FOX news, Bowyer expressed his condolences to the family and loved ones of the victim. “This is a very difficult time for my family and I,” Bowyers said. “Please respect our privacy as we move forward.”
On Sunday’s broadcast at a NASCAR race at the Sonoma Raceway, Fox reportedly told viewers that Bowyers was “handling an unspecified personal matter.”