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7-Year-Old Dies Due to Injuries from DUI Accident

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Jonathan Hernandez1 year ago

A 7-year-old who was hospitalized after an accident has been pronounced dead.

Details about the Fatal Accident

WTXL News is reporting that a 7-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after being involved in a weekend accident in which another person – a 32-year-old woman was killed. The boy then died later on at the hospital.

According to troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol, the boy was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, when Jessica Nichole Leach was attempting to travel across the intersection of County Road 158 and County Road 249 just after midnight on Sunday.

Another vehicle hit the front passenger side of Leach’s vehicle, cause it to rollover and hit a utility pole, according to troopers.

The Florida Highway Patrol has indicated that alcohol was a factor in the accident, but they are still investigating whether or not the driver who hit Leach’s vehicle had been drinking at the time of the accident.

The young boy was pronounced dead on Monday.

Important Information about Driving Under the Influence

According to Mothers against Drunk Driving, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in drunk driving accidents every year in the United States:

  • In 2014, there were 685 people who were killed in drunk driving accidents in Florida.
  • Drunk driving accidents in the state of Florida accounted for about 27.5 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state.
  • There were a total of 40,677 DUI arrests in Florida in 2014.


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