Fire Department Captain Hits a Cyclist While Driving Drunk

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A fire department captain was convicted today of severely injuring a cyclist during a hit-and-run accident on April Fools’ Day while driving drunk. The 38-year-old man was ordered to serve 90 days in state prison for a diagnostic evaluation and could potentially face up to six years and eight months in prison. The sentencing is scheduled to take place on Dec. 2.

The captain pleaded guilty to felony charges of DUI causing bodily injury, hit-and-run with injury and blood alcohol content three times the state legal limit.

The man was driving erratically on his way home from a bar, authorities said. He lost control of his vehicle and swerved into the bike lane and hit a 47-year-old cyclist. The man was thrown from his bike more than 70 feet.

After hitting the victim, the drunk man fled the scene. To witnesses of the accident followed the man and called 911. Police later detained him at his home.

When officers arrive at his house, he smelled of alcohol and urine and was unsteady on his feet.
The cyclist was rushed to a nearby hospital with head trauma, lacerations, internal injuries and spinal injuries, and bruising to his head and body.

The man was in the hospital for two weeks and still continues to suffer from pain as a result of the drunk driving accident.

If you have witnessed a hit-and-run accident, it is important that you report it. Feel good about doing the right thing. Anonymously report a hit-and-run accident driver and get a reward. The Davis Law Group Hit-And-Run Reward Program offers up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and felony conviction of hit-and-run drivers through anonymous tips provided to the WeTip Crime Hotline, 1-800-6-Hit-N-Run (1-800-644-8678).

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

In Washington State, 54% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol. In 2009 265 people in Washington State lost their lives in drunk driving crashes. In Washingon State there is a sharp increase in the number of drunk driving incidents near major holidays.

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 16,694 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the United States in 2004. This figure represents 39% of all traffic incident deaths. In fact, more than 500,000 Americans are injured annually in drunken driving crashes.


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