The vast majority of older drivers are safety minded, concerned about ensuring that they and everyone in their vicinity are free from harm. Despite this focus, accidents can still happen for a variety of different reasons. Unfortunately, authorities in California have accused an elderly woman of drunk driving after an accident that involved a teenager and a toddler.
Reports indicate that the accident happened in early September. A teenager is said to have been pushing a stroller containing a toddler in a crosswalk when they were struck by a vehicle. Witnesses say that the driver did not remain at the scene, but they followed the vehicle and stopped it a short distance away from the scene.
The teenager suffered a leg injury. The toddler was unresponsive and later passed away. Police say they conducted a field sobriety test on the suspected driver, a 72-year-old woman, and determined that she was under the influence of alcohol at the time. She has since been released after posting bond following charges of drunk driving and hit and run, but some officials have indicated their intention to file additional charges against her.
The California woman's blood alcohol content at the time of the accident is unclear as is what behavior led officers to suspect that she was drunk driving. In some cases, a medical condition or an interaction between medications can unexpectedly cause a person to exhibit behaviors that are out of character and may impact his or her driving. An unexpected loss of life is a tragedy and demands and investigation, but because of the age of the victim, some people may rush to judgment, forgetting that all people are presumed innocent until -- and only if -- proved otherwise.
Source: New York Daily News, "MMA fighter Marcus Kowal's toddler son dead after drunk driver, 72, mowed tot down", Nancy Dillon, Sept. 5, 2016