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Drugged driving suspected in fatal New York collision

Lately we've been hearing more about our country's war on drugs and the government's policy surrounding them. Increasing numbers of people feel that legalizing some drugs would eliminate many of the problems our society faces. Still, there appears to be widespread agreement that like alcohol, drugs and driving are a dangerous combination. Reaction time and decision making are affected by drug use, creating a high risk of car accidents.

A 46-year-old man who caused the death of an elderly man and injured many others last weekend will face the consequences of his actions when he goes to court. The Patchogue, New York, resident been preliminarily charged with driving while ability-impaired by drugs and leaving the scene of an accident. But he could face many more charges, especially in light of the death and injuries.

Residents of Suffolk County told police they saw the man's SUV speed through the business district of Sayville, traveling about a mile along Main Street and hitting several cars in the process. One of the drivers of those cars contacted police as he followed the man. Unfortunately, police didn't catch up to the man before he slammed head-on into another SUV, occupied by an 82-year-old man and a 79-year-old woman. The man was killed instantly, while his friend suffered injuries that left her in critical condition at a local hospital. Other people hit by the speeding SUV were also injured, as was the driver himself.

Accidents that happen as a result of drug or alcohol use can happen so quickly, and it's difficult to make sense of them afterward. The people hurt by the man's reckless driving are probably eager for him to face punishment. But they may also be wondering who will cover their medical bills. The family of the fatal victim, meanwhile, has funeral and related expenses to cover. A good place for these victims to start would be a consultation with a personal injury attorney, who can walk them through the steps they'll need to take to fully recover, both physically and financially.

Source: CBS New York, "Driver In Fatal Sayville Crash Facing Drugged Driving Charge," Jan. 14, 2013

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