Two fatal crashes in West Virginia on the morning of March 1, 2015, should drive home the messages to never drive while drunk and to wait until you have reached your destination to read or send text messages. The first deadly wreck occurred at around 4 am on North Oak Grove Road near the town of Williamstown, and the second happened shortly before noon on I-70 in Ohio county. In both, passengers who were close friends of the at-fault drivers lost their lives.
According to a police report cited by West Virginia MetroNews, the man behind the wheel of the car that ran off the road outside of Williamstown was texting before he lost control, jumped an embankment and hit a tree. The deceased passenger got ejected from the vehicle and pinned between the car and tree. Charges for DUI with reckless disregard causing death have been filed, and more could be forthcoming.
Closer to the Pennsylvania border and later in the day, a truck overturned on the interstate and pinned its passenger underneath the right side. The driver identified the deceased victim as his girlfriend and admitted to "partying" the night before but also claimed not to have been drinking for several hours. A blood alcohol content test conducted at the scene showed the driver to have a BAC of .15, according to television station WTRF.
So many bad things can happen when a person drives while impaired by alcohol. The risks only increase when a drunk driver allows him or herself to become distracted by a buzzing cell phone. Causing the death of a good friend or romantic partner no doubt comes close to the top of the list of tragic, reckless mistakes a person would wish to avoid. Doing that really is as simple as not driving drunk and not texting while driving.