On August 9, 2009, tow truck driver, Andy Craig Starmer, was hooking up a car to his truck around 8:24 p.m. He was on the shoulder of I-64 when he was hit by Charles Burns, who was driving a Mitsubishi Raider. Starmer was outside of his truck when he was killed. Burns was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
Accidents like this claim many lives every year and can simply be avoided by an individual’s choice to not drink alcohol before driving their vehicle. In 2007 alone there were over 15,000 deaths due to drunk driving which was roughly 37% of all alcohol related deaths. That is more than 1200 deaths per month and roughly 41 people per day that die from these accidents. It’s amazing that our lack of control can cause so much destruction to our society. I only hope that we can learn to exhibit better self control and so there are no more tragedies like Andy Starmer’s.
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