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Two Pedestrians Killed, Seven Others Injured in Drunk Driving Crash

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According to multiple media outlets, nine pedestrians standing near a food truck were hit by a drunk driver, two of which suffered fatal injuries in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday morning.

About the Fatal Pedestrian Crash

The fatal wreck occurred in a parking lot near the La Movida and O’Dolly’s nightclubs at around 1:00 a.m. local time. A group of pedestrians were gathered around the food trucks when they were struck by a car that drove off the road. The drunk driver was speeding before crashing into a parked car and continuing into the parking lot.

Two pedestrians, who remain unidentified, were pronounced dead at the scene. Seven other pedestrians sustained injuries in the crash and were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, reports several media sources.

The driver, Chad Erdley, 37, was arrested at the scene of the accident. According to media outlets, Erdley’s speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol. Erdley’s blood alcohol content following the pedestrian crash was .40 – or five times the legal limit. He has been charged with two counts of murder and seven counts of first-degree assault.

Information on Pedestrian-related Traffic Accidents

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes.
    • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • In 2014, 90 percent of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes involved a single vehicle.
  • 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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