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Drunk Driver Arrested Following Fatal Pedestrian Hit-and-run Crash

glass of liquor next to car key

According to KOLR, a man admits to driving drunk before fatally hitting a pedestrian and driving away from the scene in Springfield, Missouri, last month.

About the Drunk Driving Pedestrian Crash

The fatal pedestrian accident occurred on National Avenue near Cherry Street at around 11 p.m. local time. Bradley Bizzle, 45, was walking north alongside the road when he was hit by a car from behind. Witnesses say the dark-colored vehicle didn’t stop and continued to drive from the scene.

KOLR reports that the pedestrian died from injuries sustained in the hit-and-run crash. The driver came forward to police a week after the incident and told them he was drunk when he struck something with his car. He went on to tell officials that he continued to drive off because he thought it was a good chance that it was a person that he hit.

Police have determined the damage to the man’s car is consistent with hitting a pedestrian. According to KOLR, officials are running tests on parts of the car, paint scrapings, and other evidence to link the man to the hit-and-run. No charges have been filed against the 40-year-old driver at this time as the investigation continues.

Alcohol-impaired Driving Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver every day. In addition,

  • The cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion each year.
  • In 2014, 9,967 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
    • This accounts for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Sixteen percent of motor vehicle crashes involve drugs (legal or illegal) other than alcohol.

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