Underage drinking leads to fatal car accident

On June 25, a group of Maryland teens was speeding down the road drunk, including the driver. They were on their way to another party after leaving the previous one. That’s when the ex-high school football player who was driving the car said that he was worried about an upcoming speed camera.

Someone in the car said to drive faster so the speed camera would not catch them. The driver sped faster and when they passed the speed camera, it read over 100 mph. Soon, the vehicle hit a curve, flew off the road and into the air and hit a fence and two trees.

The two 18-year-old passengers riding in the backseat were not wearing seat belts, and they died instantly. The passenger riding in the front seat was injured with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later released.

Police have yet to charge the driver in this incident, but they said that they will make a decision on the matter next month. The driver was found to have what would have been a borderline blood alcohol level for an adult, between .07 and .09. However, for a teenager, the legal limit to drive is .02, so he would be considered DUI. Also, the driver was found to have the sedatives benzodiazepines and marijuana in his system.

This is truly a sad case. Regardless if the teen driver is criminally charged and regardless what charges are brought against him, the families of the teens who died in the crash may have strong claims for wrongful death-related damages against the driver in this case.

Source: The Washington Post, “‘We felt invincible’: Report details deadly wreck, party that preceded it,” Donna St. George and Dan Morse, Sep. 18, 2015