In the early hours of Thursday, March 16th, a Brooklyn man was speeding down the Williamsburg Bridge when lost control of his vehicle and plowed into a median. The impact was so forceful his car was severed in half. Both the driver and one of his two passengers escaped without critical injuries. Tragically one of the passengers died in the crash.
The passenger killed in the crash was a Brooklyn native who happened to be celebrating her 21st birthday on the day of the crash.
According to authorities, not only was the driver speeding, but his blood alcohol content was well over the legal limit. He has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, assault, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Every day in the United States 28 people are killed in drunk driving crashes. Speeding is a factor in nearly 30% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes. If you’re driving while intoxicated, going above the speed limit, or both, the odds are stacked against you. Tragedies like the March 16th Williamsburg Bridge crash are preventable. Before you chose to ignore traffic laws consider if it’s worth it to put your life or someone else’s at risk. For more information, click here.
Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety, Insurance Institute of Highway Safety