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Alcohol is Suspected Factor in Deadly Keystone Crash

Steve Wagner

The names of two people killed in a car accident over the weekend have been released by the Marion County Coroner’s Office. Mary Ann Marshall and Reginald Clayton were passengers in a northbound Mitsubishi when authorities say it drifted across the center line. The car crashed head on into a red Volkswagon heading in the opposite direction, and both Marshall and Clayton were ejected from the vehicle in which they were traveling. 53-year-old Marshall was pronounced dead at the scene, and Clayton, 47, was transported to the hospital but pronounced dead upon arrival.

The accident, which closed the intersection of North Keystone and East 25th Street on Friday night, also left two others critically or seriously injured. A third passenger in the Mitsubishi remains in critical condition, while an individual who was in the southbound vehicle is at Methodist Hospital in serious condition. Crash investigators believe alcohol played a role in this terrible tragedy.

Alcohol Impairment Remains Major Cause of U.S. Traffic Fatalities

Every year in the United States, there are nearly 10,000 people killed as a result of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. Alcohol impairment plays a role in almost a full third of car accident fatalities, making drunk driving one of the deadliest decisions a person can make. Even worse, an impaired driver in a fatal accident who has a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher is more likely to be a repeat offender—seven times more likely to have a record of DWI than a person who is in an accident and is not found to have a high BAC level.

Have you or a loved one been impacted by a drunk driver? If so, the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese can help you secure compensation to assist you with your recovery. In the case of wrongful death, there is nothing that can take the place of a loved one, but you may be entitled to compensation that will help you and your family grieve without the burden of suffocating financial obligations . If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent or reckless driving, call our offices today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a FREE consultation.

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