A man has been charged after hitting and killing a 17-year-old boy in East Haven, Connecticut. According to NBC-Connecticut, the driver was drunk when he hit the boy while crossing Coe Avenue just after 9:00 PM on Friday.
The 51-year-old driver was driving his Dodge Ram pickup truck when he hit the boy who was crossing the street with a friend. The driver initially fled the scene of the accident and driving to his home down the street. He later returned to the scene and surrendered to officers who said he appeared to be intoxicated. Meanwhile, the young victim was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of massive blunt force trauma.
The drunken driver is currently charged with operating under the influence, second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, and possession of marijuana. Bail has been set at $500,000.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), drunk drivers injure one person a minute in alcohol-related crashes. Those crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States.
If you have lost a loved one because of the carelessness of a drunk driver, contact the Connecticut Auto Accident Attorneys with Carter Mario Law Firm. Our team of experienced attorneys may be able to help you answer questions regarding your case. Get in touch with us now by filling out a free case evaluation form or going to our website and utilizing the talk-now chat option.