Colts Player Edwin Jackson Among 2 Killed By Drunk Driver on I-70
- A popular Indianapolis Colts player, Edwin Jackson, was among two people killed when they were hit by a drunk driver on I-70, in Indianapolis.
- It’s believed Jackson and his Uber driver were hit by the driver while they were stopped on the side of the road, parked in the emergency lane. As police approached the scene, one of the victims was in the roadway and hit by the officer’s vehicle.
- Reports have noted that the man who crashed into Jackson and his driver was operating a Ford F-150 while drunk, without a valid license.
- Indianapolis has seen a drastic hike in alcohol fueled crashes since 2015.
- Hoosiers need to ensure their own safety on the road by staying smart and making good choices as mentioned in today’s blog.
Colts Player Was One of Two Killed in Tragic I-70 Drunk Driving Accident
According to a February accident report by Indiana State Police, an Indianapolis Colts player was among two people recently killed when they were hit by an intoxicated driver on I-70 in Indianapolis. A state trooper first discovered the wreck around in the early morning hours on I-70 near Holt Road. Crash investigators have revealed that a 2018 Lincoln, driven by a 54-year-old Uber driver was stopped on the side of the highway because his passenger, Colts player, Edwin Jackson was ill. The report goes on to say that the ride-share driver and Jackson were standing outside the car when they were suddenly hit by a drunk driver who was operating a Ford F-150. The truck threw one of the men into the center lane of I-70, where a trooper also hit the victim of the accident. Both Jackson and Monroe were pronounced dead at the scene. The drunk driver was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail where a breath test found his blood alcohol content to be 0.239 percent, well over the limit of .08 percent.
Out thoughts are with the families and friends of those who were tragically killed in this awful crash.
Motorists Need to Ensure Their Own Safety Measures Against Drunk Drivers
With a heavy heart, we again know these stories are real-life and occur too often. In Indianapolis alone, 599 drunk drivers contributed to the 30 vehicle accidents caused by alcohol impairment each day in the U.S. in 2016. In addition, 178 people were killed throughout Indiana because of drunk driving that same year. Hoosiers can ensure their own safety on the road by keeping the following safety tips in mind:
- Drunk drivers often show signs of their impairment, including swerving or delayed reactions to conditions around them. You can avoid them by driving defensively and staying alert, observant of the drivers around you and never driving while distracted.
- It’s not a good idea to follow a possibly impaired driver around, even if your intentions are good. Instead, call the police and provide the information you have about the drunk driver, then get away from the potentially deadly situation.
- Wear a seat belt at all times. No matter how many precautions you may be taking, an accident is always a possibility. Seat belts reduce your risk of serious injury significantly.
- If you have to stop your vehicle on the side of a highway for any reason, avoid walking into the travel lane while exiting and park as safely away from the road as possible.
To cap off those tips, remember yourself to NEVER drink and drive or get in the car with a driver who has been drinking.
Indiana’s Drunk Driving Laws Don’t Forgive
Remember the consequences of driving drunk. If you have been in a crash and 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 percent 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 depending on your accident circumstances.
If you are convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, you:
- Will have to pay court costs and fees in excess of $300.
- May receive a jail sentence of up to one year.
- Will be fined up to $5,000.
- May have your license suspended up to two (2) years or you may be placed on probation and be required to enroll in, and pay for, a substance abuse education course. Your license may also be suspended for a minimum of 30 days followed by a 180-day probationary period in which you can only drive for employment purposes.
- May be required to attend a victim impact panel.
- May be required to submit to urine testing for drugs and alcohol.
You may also face other terms of probation. If you kill someone by operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Indiana, you can be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Never Drink and Drive
All drivers are responsible for staying sober while operating a motor vehicle. Even the heaviest of drinkers will start to feel the effects of alcohol shortly after drinking. In fact, a standard drink is equal to 14.0 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in:
- 12-ounces of beer (5% alcohol content)
- 8-ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content)
- 5-ounces of wine (12% alcohol content)
- 1.5-ounces or a “shot” of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, whiskey)
If you plan to drink away from home and need transportation, designate a sober driver before you leave, hop in a cab, or find an alternative ride at the end of your night. No matter what the cost, it will be cheaper than a DUI or living your life knowing you took someone else’s.
Attorneys Who Fight for Drunk Driving Victims and Their Families
If you or your family members were injured or tragedy has impacted your family as the result of the poor decisions of a negligent driver who was drunk, the car accident attorneys at Wagner Reese will fight for you all. There is no risk, as we never collect any kind of fee unless your case is settled or won. Connect with us by submitting our online form and our attorneys will review your information. If you wish to speak directly with us, please call (888) 204-8440.