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Alcohol, Speeding & Texting Behind Fatal Kokomo Crash

Jason Reese

Kokomo Driver Was Under the Influence, Speeding, and Texting Prior To Deadly Crash

Officers were responding to a stretch of roadway on U.S. 31 after several 911 calls referenced a wrong-way driver. That driver was Amber Nicole Watson of Kokomo, who was operating a 2010 Dodge Avenger while under the influence of alcohol, speeding and involved in a text messaging conversation just before she was in a head on collision with a semi-truck driver. A subsequent investigation by the Kokomo Police Department and the Howard County Coroner’s Office concluded that Watson had a blood alcohol level of 0.138 percent. Police also say she was traveling at a high rate of speed while southbound in the northbound lanes. Sadly, Watson was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was sent to a local hospital and later released.

We are sorry to hear of this young woman’s passing and hope others learn about the dangers driving under the influence, speeding, and the risks associated with distracted driving caused by cell phones and text messaging.

Driving Under the Influence in Indiana

If you are arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, you will be handcuffed and taken to the police station. Your car and your person will be searched and the car will be towed at your expense. You will be asked to take a certified breath test. If you refuse, your license will automatically be suspended for one year via the implied consent law IC 9-30-6-1. If you take a breath test and it shows that your blood alcohol content is .08% or more, your driver’s license will be suspended for a minimum of 30 days. To be released from jail, bail will have to be posted.

Texting While Driving Is Against the Law

While all distracted driving is dangerous, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction at the same time.

  • You’re not looking at the road.
  • Your hands aren’t on the wheel.
  • You’re not focused on driving.

Not only is texting while driving deadly, it is against Indiana law. This law went into effect on July 1, 2011, and it says it is “unlawful to type, transmit, or read e-mail or text messages on a communication device while driving” in Indiana. Violators may face fines of up to $500. Texting and driving is dangerous for you, your passengers, and everyone on and near the roads. If that isn’t enough to convince you, consequences will be expensive, severe and can cause deadly accidents to others.

Speeding Kills

The National Transportation Safety Board says speeding kills about as many people each year as drunken driving. According to the board, about the same number of fatal crashes each year due to driving under the influence, about 10,000, involve speeding.

No Risk Drunk Driving Attorneys

If you or your family members were injured as the result of the poor decisions of a negligent driver who was drunk, speeding, or distracted, the car accident attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve and may need for medical care and to cover a loss of wages while injured. There is no risk, as we never collect any kind of fee unless your case is settled or won. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 for more information or to schedule a free consultation.


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