Two people died last Tuesday when a drunk driver hit the pickup truck they were riding in. The impact of the Maryland motor vehicle crash caused their vehicle to go over a guardrail and 60-feet down an embankment. The vehicle landed on its roof.
Killed in the deadly Potomac car accident were driver Gradys Mendoza, 39, and passenger Franklin Manzanares, 37. They were returning home from a construction job site when the deadly Maryland traffic accident happened.
The alleged drunk driver, 33-year-old Kelli R. Loos, was charged with failing to stop at an accident scene involving bodily injury and driving under the influence. Her blood alcohol level was .20—more than twice the legal limit.
Following the Potomac drunk driving accident, Loos reportedly told investigators that she had been at a Maryland bar.
Just last March, Montgomery police cited Loos with numerous citations, including failing to provide a written ID, failing to insure her Jeep, and driving on a suspended Virginia license. A warrant was issued for her arrest when she did not appear in court in June. Last November, Loos was cited for failure to obey a traffic signal and driving with a suspended license. She also had six previous traffic and speeding violations going as far back as 1994.
Driving drunk is always dangerous and places people’s lives at risk. It is a senseless way to die let alone cause injury or death to others. You can sue a Maryland drunk driver for personal injury or wrongful death.
Signs That There May Be a Drunk Driver Sharing the Road With You:
• Driving on a lane marker
• Making very wide turns
• Coming very close to hitting a motor vehicle or another object
• Weaving from one area of the road to the next
• Driving on the wrong side of the road
• Driving on the shoulder
• Driving way below the speed limit
• Excessive speeding
• Following too closely behind a vehicle
• Braking for no reason or repetitively
• Driving without the headlights on
• Stopping the vehicle for no reason, including at green lights
Suspect in Fatal Beltway Crash Was Over Alcohol Limit, Police Say, Washington Post, July 9, 2009
2 Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver, WTOP.com, July 8, 2009
Related Web Resources:
Motor Vehicle Safety, CDC
Maryland Drunk Driving Law, Alcoholism.About.com
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