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Roll over caused by drunk driver leaves one dead

Negligent drivers are a threat to every driver on the road. Although we may practice responsible driving, being a passenger puts our well-being and safety in the hands of another. And when that driver is reckless or drives dangerously, it is not just others that are at risk.

A passenger was killed in an early morning crash on a Saturday when the vehicle he was riding in lost control and flipped. The driver, a 20-year-old man, faces charges of DUI, automobile homicide, leaving the scene of a crash and possession of alcohol by a minor.

According to authorities, the driver who had been drinking failed to negotiate a curve causing the vehicle to hit an embankment, lose control and flip over. One passenger was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. Although the driver fled the accident, authorities believed that there were others in the vehicle when the crash happened. When the driver and other passenger were found, they were both taken into police custody. The passenger faces charges for possession of alcohol by a minor and obstruction of justice.

While it was unreported what caused the driver and surviving passenger to flee the scene, it likely had something to do with their intoxication. The driver's decision to drive drunk was reckless but his decision to flee the scene of the accident where his friend lay dying was selfish.

In accidents like these where dangerous and often times selfish decisions take the lives of others, there is not much comfort that can be given to the family members. However, seeing that negligent individuals are held responsible is one way that family members can make a difference and break the cycle of reckless behavior.

Source: Fox 13 Salt Lake City, "Man who allegedly fled scene of DUI crash faces automobile homicide¬†charge," Tiffany Demasters & Mark Green, Oct. 24, 2015

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