A 17-year-old high school football player is dead following a tragic single-car accident that occurred early Sunday at around 3am. Steven Dankos and teammate and best friend Thomas Erdman were riding in a pickup truck driven by Edrman’s brother, David Dixon Edrman, when the 22-year-old lost control of the truck, which then struck three decorative stone pillars before overturning.
Dankos was pronounced dead at the Howard County car crash site. Thomas and David sustained injuries. David is charged with homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated, driving under the influence, and manslaughter by motor vehicle.
Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving crashes are preventable. Yet every year, thousands of people are killed in the US because someone was driving drunk.
NHTSA 2008 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Facts
• 11,773 drunk driver-related deaths
• That’s 1 alcohol-related car crash death every 45 minutes
Drunk driving is a crime and also a form of negligent driving. A person who is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has impaired reflexes and senses and may not realize that he or she is speeding or about to collide with another vehicle or into oncoming traffic. Losing control of an auto when someone is inebriated is easy. It is the consequences and repercussions that follow which can be hard to live with.
A drunk driving conviction usually results in jail time. It can also destroy the lives of any victims, surviving family members, and the drunk driver who likely never intended to harm anyone.
After the season, the greatest loss, Washington Post, November 30, 2009
River Hill football player remembered as ‘great kid’, ExploreHoward, December 1, 2009
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Groups press for tougher drunk driving laws, Baltimore Sun, November 1, 2009