Pineville-Matthews Road was closed for two and a half hours last Saturday night due to an accident in Charlotte, NC which was caused by a minivan driver. Apparently, the 19-year old female driver of the minivan crossed the median into oncoming traffic. The van crashed into a jeep which then ended up in a ditch.
Four other cars were damaged due to the accident. From a total of eight people involved four were taken to the hospital, but only one was critically injured. One would not expect that only a few people were injured by just looking at the wreckage. According to the police, the 19-year old driver of the minivan will be charged for driving while intoxicated (DWI).
According to drunk driving statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from a total of 12,998 drinking driving fatalities in the United States in 2007 that 1,393 were due to teen drunk driving. Despite all of the stringent rules implemented against drunk driving, there are still those who can not seem to heed the law and not only risk their lives but all those they may have contact with.