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Woman Flees Scene after Causing Fatal Car Crash

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According to MassLive, a Connecticut woman is facing several charges after causing an accident that claimed the life of a 46-year-old man.

Details of the Fatal Crash

Police arrested 34-year-old Katell Gunning after witnesses say she caused the fatal crash on Interstate 91 in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Police say the wreck occurred at approximately 1:55 p.m. local time.

Gunning is being held in custody after being charged with operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, evading responsibility, and operating with a suspended license.

According to MassLive, Gunning rear-ended a pickup truck, causing the driver to lose control. The pickup truck driver crashed into a guardrail and overturned his truck before crashing into trees off the highway.

Emergency crews say the man, 46-year-old Kevin Dutra, died at the scene of the crash. Gunning fled the scene of the accident but police later arrested her in a nearby Walmart parking lot.

The crash remains under investigation, and state police are asking witnesses for information regarding the fatal accident, reports MassLive.

Impaired Driving Crash Statistics

Here is some information regarding drunk driving provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, there were 9,967 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving.
    • An average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurs every 53 minutes.
  • Alcohol-impaired-driving crashes accounted for 31 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States in 2014.
  • Of the 9,967 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes, 6,391 were drivers with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher.
  • Of the traffic fatalities among children 14 and younger in 2014, 19 percent occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.

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