Worrisome news was reported recently when a local news station revealed that at least two St Louis drunk driving accidents in less than a week involving drivers being arrested with multiple prior DWI convictions. The rash of arrests of repeat offenders begs the question about what law enforcement officials are doing to keep these people off St. Louis roadways and away from innocent drivers.
The first incident occurred a few weeks ago when a 49-year-old woman was arrested for DWI on Olive Boulevard. According to a police spokesperson, the arrest marked the woman's fifth for drunken driving.
The woman's arrest happened only a few hours after Ricky Weeden (who we previously mentioned here) hit and killed a 4-year-old who was crossing the street with his older brother to buy candy from a convenience store. The little boy's brother remains in Children's Hospital recovering from multiple broken bones.
According to court records, before being charged with leaving the scene of an accident, Weeden, had previously had his driver's license revoked following a drunk-driving conviction back in 1993. Since his first brush with the law, he's been convicted of driving while intoxicated at least four more times.
A few days later, another incident involving a drunk driver occurred when a 66-year-old lost control of his pickup truck and ran into four pedestrians who were walking down the sidewalk at Kingshighway and Landsdown. All four victims have been taken to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Since the incident the man was arrested and charged with four counts of second-degree assault and driving while intoxicated.
Though each may seem like a tragic example of someone's irresponsible behavior, the problem is that many drunk drivers refuse to learn their lesson. Being arrested once for endangering others is bad enough, but three or four or even five convictions for DWI is inexcusable. Such repeat offenders represent a serious danger to the public, something that the victims of their bad behavior tragically understand.
If you've been injured by a drunk driver it's important to seek out an attorney that's familiar with such cases so that they can ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Missed work, hospitalization, medical bills and continuing therapy are all expensive results of such a collision and you should not bear the financial strain of someone else's irresponsible behavior.
The victims and their loved ones should consider speaking with a St. Louis personal injury lawyer to weigh their legal options. Just because the at-fault driver is facing criminal charges does not preclude the victim or his loved ones from seeking restitution through a civil claim. For information on how to protect your legal rights if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, call one of our Missouri car accident attorneys today at 314-863-0500.
Source: "Multiple incidents in St. Louis-area throughout past week involve repeat DWI offenders," published at KMOV.com.
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