Underage Holly Springs Man Charged with DWI In Fatal Crash
A 20-year-old from Holly Springs struck a pedestrian while driving Saturday night, according to WRAL. The driver, Darrius Cortez Gilbert, was allegedly driving drunk after consuming alcohol underage when he struck a pedestrian. The accident occurred at about 11PM at the intersection of N.C. Highway 55 and New Hill Road in Holly Springs.
The pedestrian, Jesse Lemar Lawrence of Holly Springs, was taken to WakeMed hospital, where he died on Sunday. Lawrence was 33-years-old.
20-year-old Gilbert was charged with a DWI and driving after underage consumption of alcohol.
Drunk Driving Statistics
It is always tragic and frustrating to see preventable accidents like this occur. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “in 2012, 10,322 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 51 minutes.” Accidents like this can be prevented, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. While drivers can certainly control themselves from not drinking and driving, most people have no control over preventing others from drunk driving.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), an organization dedicated to spreading awareness around and preventing drunk driving, has a number of disturbing, yet eye-opening, drunk driving statistics on their site. We have listed just a few of those statistics below:
- If all 17 million people who admitted to driving drunk had their own state, it would be the fifth largest in the U.S. (Lacey, John et al. “2007 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers: Alcohol Results.” Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, December 2009.)
- Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2013.)
- In 2011, 226 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Of those, 122 (54%) were riding with the drunk driver. (NHTSA data query, 2013.)
- Over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. (Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Crime in the United States: 2011”)
- An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest. (Centers for Disease Control. “Vital Signs: Alcohol-Impaired Driving Among Adults — United States, 2010.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. October 4, 2011.)
Drunk driving is a serious matter, and should be treated as such. Unfortunately, many victims of drunk driving are innocent and could not have prevented the accident. Should you find yourself, or your loved one, victim of a drunk driving accident, call on the experts at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood in Cary, NC. We understand that it is a difficult and confusing time, but it is our priority to help our clients through difficult times and help them understand their rights. We are here to help.
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