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Man Killed in Crash with Drunk Driver


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According to WKOW, a man is dead following a head-on collision with a drunk driver early Saturday morning in Gratiot Township, Iowa.

Driver Arrested after Hospital Discharge

John Drew Brewington, 23, was driving west on Trunk Highway 11 at approximately 2:00 a.m. local time. Brewington crossed the center line of the road and slammed into 22-year-old Cameron Paddock’s car. WKOW reports that Paddock was transported to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque and pronounced dead.

According to WKOW, police officials wanted to transport Paddock by helicopter, but the weather was too severe at the time.

Brewington is tentatively facing a charge of homicide through intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. This charge carries a potential fine of $100,000 and 25 years in prison.

Impaired Driving Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

  • 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2014.
    • This accounts for 31% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • In 2014, over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
  • Of the 1,070 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2014, 209 (19%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.

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