A 28-year-old Missouri resident has been charged with felony drunk driving in connection with an Oct. 20 accident in Boone County that claimed the life of one of his two passengers and left the other seriously injured. The Columbia man was ordered held without bond because he is considered a flight risk and a danger to the community.
Police believe that the man lost control of his Subaru Impreza sedan in the vicinity of Blackfoot Road and North Stadium Boulevard near Cosmo Park at approximately 11:00 p.m. Accident investigators later concluded that the car had left the ground at a high rate of speed before striking several trees and coming to a rest. A 28-year-old man who had been traveling in the rear of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. Paramedics transported the woman sitting in the front passenger seat to a nearby hospital.
Reports indicate that the man fled the scene soon after crashing but was apprehended at about 12:40 a.m. after K-9 units and a helicopter had been called in to assist with the search. Officers say that the man had bloodshot and watery eyes and smelled of alcohol when he was taken into custody. A breath test conducted about three hours after the fatal crash is said to have revealed his blood alcohol concentration to be well above the legal limit.
Drunk drivers who cause death or serious injuries are often sentenced to prison sentences if they survive the accidents they cause, but that does not mean that there are no legal options available to their victims. When negligent motorists are unable to answer for their reckless behavior in court due to their incarceration, experienced personal injury attorneys may initiate litigation against their auto insurance companies.