A Massachusetts woman was arrested for drunk driving after the vehicle she was driving struck a pedestrian.
The local police department received multiple emergency phone calls from concerned citizens reporting an accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle.
The pedestrian was walking with his wife at the side of the road. Although the wife was uninjured, the man was struck and later found in the road. He was suffering from serious injuries and was treated by the local fire department before being transferred to a nearby medical center. The man's condition is currently unknown, according to a local police sergeant.
After striking the pedestrian, the driver continued to drive. She drove for about half a mile, hitting other objects before her car came to a stop. Her vehicle, a 2012 gray Nissan Altima was recovered later.
The driver was charged with multiple counts, including causing serious bodily injury while operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a marked lanes violation, speeding and negligently operating a motor vehicle. She was also charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, one for leaving a personal injury accident and the other for leaving a property damage accident.
The driver's vehicle suffered severe damage to both the windshield and the front end, and the full accident investigation is still ongoing. The Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team, along with Crime Scene Services, are assisting the local police department with the accident investigation.
If you've been arrested for DUI, there are specific steps and protocols that the police must follow if they want to make a case. If the police haven't followed these steps, it's possible that your rights have been violated. If that is the case, you should present such evidence in court.
Source: MassLive.com, "Pedestrian seriously injured in Agawam accident; driver charged with drunken driving" Patrick Johnson, Apr. 17, 2014