Massachusetts authorities are wondering what to do to combat the scourge of drunk driving in the state, especially repeat offenders, after a man with a revoked license killed a man and injured four others while driving under the influence earlier this month. The man, a 31-year-old from Cambridge, apparently ran over a 62-year-old pedestrian at a bus stop on a Saturday evening, and also slammed his Range Rover into a vehicle carrying two adults and two children, all of whom were injured. Police arrested the man and held him without bail on charges of operating under the influence and driving to endanger. He has plead not guilty to all charges, but may also face a more serious motor vehicle homicide charge.
The man has a long and wretched history of being a menace behind the wheel. His first infractions go all the way back to 1998 and include speeding, failing to stop for a law enforcement officer and refusing a chemical test. After causing a wreck in Boston in 2009, his license was revoked fully.
Authorities and lawmakers have to be wondering what it will take to keep some people from drinking and driving, and how many innocent people have to be injured or killed before these people get the message. This was not an isolated instance, but rather the culmination of a lifetime of dangerous and reckless driving, and prosecutors should ensure that this man faces the most serious charges available.
The deceased victim's family may be able to bring a suit for wrongful death against the drunk driver, and may be able to obtain compensation for their horrible loss. The other people who were injured in the car accident may also be able to obtain damages, including pain and suffering, medical expenses and other related financial losses.
Source: Boston Globe, "Driver in fatal crash had license revoked," Travis Andersen, July 16, 2013