On Oct. 3, a 22-year-old Greensburg woman was driving on Harvey Avenue in a 2003 Jeep Liberty when she had a car accident with a disabled vehicle. The vehicle’s passenger reported that the driver turned on his flashing hazard lights and exited the vehicle before the Jeep collided with the vehicle. Police found the driver lying on the road when they arrived. He was flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.
Witnesses report that the Jeep fled the scene following the crash. It was discovered about a block away from the scene of the accident where it had collided with a parked car. The driver was not in the vehicle, but police found a number of beer cans within the car.
When police located the driver, her blood alcohol level was .335, more than four times Pennsylvania’s legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. She was arraigned this week on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless endangerment, careless driving, aggravated assault by vehicle, fleeing an accident involving damage, having an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and a traffic violation.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense. A person convicted of a DUI faces jail time and fines, plus a mandatory driver’s license suspension. The driver may also be subject to civil liability for the damages suffered by the other driver. Damages may include the cost of repairing the vehicle, medical bills, plus pain and suffering. The passenger in the vehicle, though not reported to be harmed, may also have a claim for any emotional distress arising out of the accident.
Source: TribLive, “Greensburg woman set to be arraigned in DUI case,” Bob Stiles, Jan. 16, 2013