An 86-year-old man was killed on Monday when he was struck by a vehicle within the Leisure World community while he was riding on a motorized scooter.
This accident comes just a week after a 75-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to authorities.
This crash occurred at the corner of St. Andrews Drive and Tam O’Shanter Road at about 5:50 p.m. on May 20, said Sgt. Rick Ransdell.
The wheelchair-stricken man was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, just a few miles away from the scene of the crash. He died a few days later on May 28.
Authorities said that they still haven’t decided whether his death should be considered a result of the traffic accident.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office officials said that they will not release the name of the man under his next of kin.
Dale Snyder Quinn, the driver of the vehicle that was responsible for causing the accident, was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving and taken to the main police headquarters in Seal Beach. She was later released because of complications from a medical condition.
The accident is still under investigation.
Drunk driving is considered one of the main causes of car accidents in the United States today. Drunk driving is not only dangerous to the occupants of the vehicle, but can also affect people that are on the road at the same time.
The average drunk driver has driven drunk at least 80 times before being arrested and approximately 10,839 people will die in drunk driving related car crashes this year. That averages out to about one every 50 minutes.
Driving under the influence does not only affect people who are old enough to legally drink. According to statistics from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving campaign, one in three 8th graders, 12 to 13 year olds, drinks alcohol on a regular basis. One in five teenagers will likely binge drink during their high school years.
It is such a common occurrence in this country that one in three people will likely be involved in a drunk driving crash.
It is also so prominent because the drunk driving sentence or conviction can sometimes carry a very light penalty which leads to 50 to 75% of all drunk drivers continuing to drive with a suspended license.
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