Earlier this summer a Buffalo-area physician was charged with drunken driving in the hit-and-run death of a young woman who was struck while skateboarding home in a suburban neighborhood from her job.
On a late Friday night 18-year-old Alexandria Rice was skateboarding on the road when a BMW allegedly driven by an area doctor struck her. Shortly after, Rice was pronounced dead at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2009, 4,091 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 59,000 pedestrians were injured. More than half of these fatalities occurred at nighttime. Alcohol-impairment—either for the driver or for the pedestrian—was reported in 48 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian deaths. (more…)