A 24 year old college student died Thursday, April 13, 2017 after the car he was riding in crashed on the Bronx River Parkway, according to NYPD. Police suspect that the driver, who remains critically injured, was under the influence at the time of the early morning crash.
The 22-year-old driver lost control of his black Honda Accord and struck a wall while attempting to exit the parkway at East Gun Hill Road in the Norwood section of the Bronx. The car has a Taxi & Limousine Commission license plate.
Jesus Paulino, 24, was rushed to Jacobi Medical center, where he passed away. The driver remains in critical condition.
A TLC spokeswoman said the driver did not have a hack license. A manager at KJ Transportation, the livery company affiliated with the vehicle, could not be reached.
This tragic accident is a prime example of what happens when a driver gets behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, after a long night of partying. Driving while under the influence is a dangerously wrong choice! How many times does something like this have to happen before people take seriously the inevitable consequences of their choices! The driver in this tragic event, possibly speeding and impaired, swerves to take an exit and miscalculates, smashing head on into a wall, killing his passenger.
According to New York Car Accident Lawyer Paul Ajlouny, “All it takes is a mere second in error to cause a fatal crash. Is driving drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs worth the loss of life?” says Mr. Ajlouny.
Impaired Driving: Get the Facts
Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes.1 The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.2
How big is the problem?
- In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.1
- Of the 1,070 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2014, 209 (19%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.1
- Of the 209 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2014, over half (116) were riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver.1
- In 2014, over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.3 That’s one percent of the 121 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.4
- Drugs other than alcohol (legal and illegal) are involved in about 16% of motor vehicle crashes.5
- Marijuana use is increasing6 and 13% of nighttime, weekend drivers have marijuana in their system.7
- Marijuana users were about 25% more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use, however other factors – such as age and gender – may account for the increased crash risk among marijuana users.5
- Department of Transportation (US), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic Safety Facts 2014 data: alcohol-impaired driving. Washington, DC: NHTSA; 2015 [cited 2016 Feb 5]. Available at URL: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812231.pdf.
- Blincoe LJ, Miller TR, Zaloshnja E, Lawrence BA. The economic and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes, 2010. (Revised). Washington, DC: NHTSA; 2015. [cited 2016 Feb 5]. Available at URL: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pubs/812013.pdf.
- Department of Justice (US), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Crime in the United States 2014: Uniform Crime Reports. Washington (DC): FBI; 2015 [cited 2016 Feb 5]. Available at URL https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/table-29.
- Jewett A, Shults RA, Banerjee T, Bergen G Alcohol-impaired driving among adults— United States, 2012. MMWR Morbi Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64(30):814-17.
- Compton RP, Berning A. Traffic Safety Facts Research Note: drugs and alcohol crash risk. Washington, DC: NHTSA; 2015 [cited 2016 Feb 5]. Available at URL: http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nti/pdf/812117-Drug_and_Alcohol_Crash_Risk.pdf.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Cannabis. 2015 6/2/2015 [cited 2015 Jul 17]. Available at URL: http://www.samhsa.gov/atod/cannabis.
- Berning A, Compton R, Wochinger K. Results of the 2013–2014 National Roadside Survey of alcohol and drug use by drivers. Washington, DC: NHTSA; 2015 (DOT HS 812 118).
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