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Two Teens Struck by Drunk Driver while Pushing Car off Highway


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According to KTVK, two teenage girls pushing a disabled vehicle off the roadway were struck by a drunk driver, sustaining critical injuries in Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday night.

Charges Pending for Drunk Driver

Police say two girls, aged 15 and 16, ran out of gas on Cactus Road west of Interstate 17. The girls attempted to push the car off the road when a driver crashed into the teens, crushing them between the two cars.

The driver of the car, allegedly drunk at the time, may have been speeding as well. Police say charges are pending until the drunk driver is discharged from the hospital. The driver’s injuries are unknown, reports KTVK.

Ted Markle, the grandfather of the 16-year-old victim, says she is at risk of losing one of her legs. According to KTVK, the grandfather said doctors are trying their best to save it after working on her for eight hours.

Impaired Driving Accident Statistics

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

  • In 2014, 9,967 people died in 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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