Asheboro Police were called out on Halloween night to investigate an accident involving three vehicles. Two vehicles, which were dropping off trick-or-treaters, were stopped on the road with their flashers on. A 2001 Mitsubishi being driven by Michael Aaron Jenkins, 21, reportedly crashed into the rear of a 2008 Nissan, which was shoved into a 1995 Nissan as a result of the collision. Four people were hurt. Fortunately, six trick-or-treaters had already gotten out of the cars and were uninjured.
The investigating officers stated that the crash occurred at roughly 8:30 p.m. on Old Castle Road close to Buckhorn Drive in Asheboro. The identities of the four injured victims were not released. However, they were transported by ambulance to Randolph Hospital for examination, treatment and later released.
Police charged Michael Jenkins with driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving with a revoked license and failure to slow down to avoid the accident, in addition to careless and reckless driving. Their investigation revealed that he was driving around 70 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour speed zone. His reported estimated speed at the time of impact was said to be around 50 miles per hour. Under the alleged circumstances, it was remarkable that the crash didn’t result in more severe injuries or fatalities.
Jenkins’ vehicle was also seized by police because he was reported to be driving with a revoked license. His license had reportedly been suspended in 2008 because of another DWI.
North Carolina has zero tolerance for anyone under the age of 21 driving after drinking, regardless of their blood alcohol content (BAC). For anyone over the age of 21, any BAC in excess of .08 will result in a DWI. For commercial drivers, the allowable BAC is even lower at .04.
Nearly 30 people die every day in alcohol related accidents. This is roughly one fatality every 48 minutes. In 2010 alone, there were 10,228 people killed in alcohol related accidents, accounting for 31% of all traffic fatalities in the United States.
Make no doubt about it, drinking and driving is a deadly mix. Not only can it change forever the lives of the victims who suffer catastrophic injuries but it can be a life changing event for the driver, as well.
If you or someone you know has suffered catastrophic injuries or the loss of loved ones because of a drunk driver, you need to seek the advice of an experienced North Carolina car accident attorney.
Auger & Auger is a Charlotte based personal injury law firm with offices in Raleigh and Greensboro. Our attorneys have nearly 40 years of combined experience representing clients throughout the state in serious injury and wrongful death cases. Along with our experienced staff, we will guide you every step of the way through this emotional process.
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Man charged with DWI after crash that injured 4 in Asheboro, My Fox 8.com, November 1, 2012
Impaired Driving: Get the Facts, Center For Disease Control and Prevention
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