Each day in the United States, 30 people are killed in crashes that involve a drunk driver: one person every 50 minutes. In 2018, there were 10,511 deaths due to crashes caused by an intoxicated driver. This accounted for 29% of all fatalities in automobile crashes. At 0.08% blood-alcohol level, which is the legal threshold for DUI charges in most states, a person begins to have poor muscle coordination, affecting balance, speech, vision, and reaction time. Additionally, self-control, reasoning, judgment, and memory become impaired. Because of the severity of the impairment of a .08% blood-alcohol level, some states are considering lowering the threshold to 0.05%.
ABC 7 reports that two people were killed, and another two people were critically injured in a suspected DUI crash.
The crash happened at about 10:30 P.M. on Saturday at the intersection of Howard Street and Ramona Avenue in Montclair.
Two vehicles were left seriously damaged and two people were killed in the accident. Video footage revealed that an SUV was on its roof. A trail of debris led to a sedan that had significant damage to the driver’s side.
The two people who were killed were inside the sedan. A five-year-old was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. A man in the SUV was also taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Detectives are currently investigating if there were drugs or alcohol involved in the crash.