By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas
If someone tells you that they think they may be too drunk to drive, they probably are. However, that statement is useless if it is made after a fatal car accident occurs. Furthermore, if a person’s judgment is so impaired that he makes such a statement to police officers – well, then the chances of him being really drunk are high.
That’s exactly what happened to Metro Police officers on the morning of April 4 of this year. According to reports, a man told police, “I can’t drive home. I’m too drunk” after he crashed his PT Cruiser into a Mercedes in Las Vegas. The collision, which killed 52-year old Robert Childress, Jr., happened at the intersection of Charleston Street and Main Street when the at-fault driver reportedly ran a red light.
The at-fault driver registered a blood alcohol level of .149 on a preliminary breath test, which is about 87 percent above the legal limit. The at-fault driver also informed police that he had consumed four or five vodka tonics at a club earlier.
This week, a judge set a criminal trial date for the at-fault driver, who will face charges of DUI-death. There’s no word on whether a wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Childress’ heirs. However, if such a lawsuit were to be (or already has been) filed, the plaintiffs could receive compensation for Childress’ lost wages and burial expenses, as well as for their own pain and suffering or mental anguish.
About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in car accidents, drunk driver crashes, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.