Woman Faces DUI Charges after Causing Fatal Multi-vehicle Crash
Details of Drunk Driving Crash
Margaret Miller, 40, was driving with four other vehicles on Grelot Road near Hillcrest Road when the fatal crash happened in late December. Investigators say Miller crashed her SUV into a car driven by 70-year-old Jian Chen. The impact created a chain-reaction wreck involving three other vehicles.
AL.com reports that Chen was taken to a local hospital before being airlifted to Sacred Heart in Florida due to the severity of his injuries. Officials determined that Miller was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
On Friday, Chen died from his injuries sustained in the crash. Previously, Miller was charged with third-degree assault and DUI. Miller now faces a more serious charge of manslaughter following the death of the elderly male. AL.com reports that Miller turned herself into authorities on Tuesday and was arrested.
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.