She was up early, as she was every morning with her preacher husband. She had just walked into the couple's guest room, while her husband just a few steps behind. That was when "a bomb went off," he recalled later.
A speeding pick-up truck smashed into the Florida couple's home shortly before 5 a.m. last Thursday. The vehicle slammed into the woman in the guest bedroom and careened through the dining room, reaching the house's kitchen before coming to a stop. She was killed instantly in the violent collision, Lakeland law enforcement officers said.
As the husband searched for his wife of 53 years inside the wreckage of their home, the driver of the pick-up crawled from his vehicle. The 24-year-old was walking away from the scene of the tragedy of his own making when neighbors stopped him.
Law enforcement officials later said this was not the first time the man had been in trouble for drinking and driving. He was arrested 7 years ago and pleaded no contest to a DUI that caused injury, according to a news report.
Officers said the suspect "miserably failed" his DUI test after the crash and was arrested there at the scene.
Drunken drivers do incalculable damages to our state and our nation. Far too often they are repeat offenders, as is apparently the case here.
In some similar situations, families who have experienced tragedies at the hands of a drunk driver decide that they will pursue justice with a wrongful death claim in hopes of providing disincentive to future potential drunk drivers.
At Salpeter Gitkin, LLP, our experienced attorneys are ready to help you and your family.