Driver Charged in Fatal Car Accident that Killed a North Carolina Toddler | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

The driver of the vehicle that caused the fatal car accident, claiming the life of a young North Carolina child, has been charged with a DUI.

Late last week a family from North Carolina (NC) was driving back from Sea World in Florida (FL) when their car was struck by another vehicle. The driver of the struck vehicle was sent to a Florida (FL) hospital were he was treated for minor injuries. His nine year old son was sent to this hospital with a fractured skull. Tragically, his two year old daughter was also sent to a local Florida (FL) hospital, where she died three days later from injuries she sustained in the car accident.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of the vehicle responsible for the car accident was arrested after the car accident and charged with a DUI and possession after the Florida Highway Patrol found cocaine in the passenger seat of his vehicle.

Per Florida (FL) law, the man’s driver’s license was automatically revoked for six months following the DUI charge. Florida Highway Patrol officers plan to upgrade the charge after the tragic death of the toddler.

The increased sentence is of little comfort to the North Carolina (NC) family following the tragic injuries of their young son and death of their toddler. As a personal injury attorney, I know first hand how easily a car accident can turn your life upside down and car accidents caused by someone driving under the influence only worsen the situation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost three of every ten drivers will be involved in a drunk driving accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also reported that nearly 1/3 of all car related fatalities occurred from drunk driving.

If you plan on drinking, play it safe and work out a designated driver plan before hand. The designated driver program has already saved countless lives and can save countless more if everyone who imbibes would participate.