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Pedestrian Fatally Injured by Alleged Drunk Driver in San Antonio

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According to the San Antonio Express-News, a pedestrian was fatally injured in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver while standing outside of a bus stop in San Antonio last week.

Details of the Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Tyler G. Scott Burns was walking in the 13500 block of Interstate 10 West when the pedestrian-car crash occurred. Burns was standing near a bus stop at around 2 a.m. when he was hit by a car that left the road.

Officials say Burns was trapped underneath the car before the vehicle flipped over and crashed off the road. Burns was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The San Antonio Express-News reports that the driver, 26-year-old Juan Jose Cortez-Guidel, smelled of alcohol when approached by police at the scene. The suspected intoxicated driver was transported to University Hospital for injuries.

Although the driver was tested for intoxication, the results were not available in the report. The San Antonio Express-News reports that Cortez-Guidel is facing a charge of intoxicated manslaughter.

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.
  • Alcohol involvement – for the driver and/or the pedestrian – was reported in 48 percent of all fatal pedestrian crashes in 2014.

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