4-month-old Baby Fatally Injured in DUI Crash

glass of liquor next to car key

According to KSL, a four-month-old baby was fatally injured in a crash after the driver of the car drunkenly crashes off the road in Provo, Utah, in August.

Details of Fatal Drunk Driving Crash

The drunk driving crash occurred in the morning hours of August 4 on North Oakmont Lane. Thirty-year-old Chelsea Fuller attempted to make a turn but lost control of her car, crashed into a tree and rolled over.

The front-seat passenger in her car, 39-year-old Susanne McClellan, was holding her four-month-old daughter, Brylee, in her lap. The baby suffered severe injuries in the crash, including head trauma, spinal cord damage, and broken bones. Sadly, the child succumbed to her injuries. KSL report that her mother sustained skull fractures and various broken bones and cuts.

McClellan told responding officials that the child was in a car seat at the time of the crash and that she wasn’t sure who was driving, according to KSL. After finding out that her baby had passed away, she told police the truth of what occurred in the crash.

KSL reports that a witness arrived later at the scene and told police he offered McClellan a car seat and a ride home. Fuller had a blood alcohol concentration of .233 at the time of the fatal wreck, nearly three times the legal limit. Fuller took a plea deal admitting to automobile homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. She faces five years in prison.

McClellan was also charged with obstructing justice and negligent homicide, according to KSL.

Alcohol-impaired Driving Statistics

The following information regarding impaired driving is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 9,967 people died in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
  • Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities decreased by 1.4 percent from 2013 to 2014.
  • Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities have accounted for 30 to 32 percent of all crash fatalities since 1995.
  • Over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2014 (CDC).

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