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Car crash kills 2

Fortunately, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, has many safe drivers who care about themselves, their passengers, the occupants of other vehicles and pedestrians, and so take every precaution to make sure that they are in good shape when out on the roads in order to minimize the probability of causing an accident. Unfortunately, there are other drivers who drink and drive and thus are very highly likely to cause car accidents. For that reason, it is very important for the police to crack down on all incidents of drinking and driving, preventing as many accidents before they happen.

Recently, a driver who may have been intoxicated drove the wrong way on Interstate 275, violently slamming into another vehicle and, according to allegations made against him, being directly responsible for the deaths of the two people in that car. At the time, the driver, 59, was going southbound on the northbound side, making the ensuing crash inevitable.

Despite the occupants of the other vehicle being killed in the collision, the driver of the car that was going the wrong way only suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. Michigan State Police officers communicated their intention to test his blood in order to determine whether or not he was driving while under the influence of alcohol. At the time of the accident, he had an unsealed container of alcohol with him in his car, which police say was a bottle of vodka that had been opened prior to the accident.

The crash shut down 275's northbound lanes for approximately 4 hours, between about 10:35 a.m. and about 2:35 p.m. The victims who were killed were a man and a woman. Police say that drivers going the wrong way at high speeds are reported to their dispatch center 15 to 20 times every month. Naturally, this often results in two vehicles colliding head-on at high speed. The families of victims in cases like this one often pursue legal action.

Source: The Detroit News, "Wrong-way driver had unsealed container of alcohol," George Hunter and James David Dickson, Dec. 12, 2017

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