The start of the 2013 year has been one of concern for the city of Athens in regard to DUI crashes. According to Athens-Clarke police, several crashes involving serious injuries occurred because intoxicated drivers got behind the wheel of their vehicles, including:
- February 13, 2013 – An alleged drunk teen driver sped through a yellow light that was turning red, crashing into the side of a car that was turning. This accident that occurred at North Avenue and Old Hull Road seriously injured several children inside the other car, ages 20 months to 14. The children were taken to Children’s at Egleston hospital in Atlanta for medical care; most have since been released, however one 12-year-old girl has remained there due to severe head trauma and massive internal injuries.
- February 16, 2013 – An alleged drunk driver hopped a curb and struck a pedestrian along Oak Street. The driver sped away, and the 19-year-old pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries. The injured pedestrian has bleeding and swelling around her brain and remains in a coma due to the brain injuries she has suffered.
These alcohol-related collisions aren’t the only ones to have occurred so far this year, and Athens-Clarke police are hoping that this isn’t a sign of what to expect for DUI-related accidents in the year ahead.
According to police, DUI-related accidents in Athens were down in 2012 compared with 2011; however, DUI arrests were up 3.5 percent. The fear is that the downward trend can change at any moment, especially in Athens—as it is a college town that draws people to visit its restaurants, bars, and clubs.
Shane Smith Law would like to wish the Georgia DUI victims injured in these crashes full and fast recoveries.