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Drunk Driver Sentenced for Fatal Bicycle Accident

Chelcy Williams11 months ago

Allen Michael Medina-Barajas, a Unionville High School graduate involved in a fatal drunk driving accident a year ago with a bicyclist, was formally sentenced on Monday.

About the Accident and Sentencing

According to the Daily Local News, Medina-Barajas, 22, pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence last Tuesday in connection with a fatal accident that claimed the life of a young bicyclist in August 2014.

During the hearing, the defendant Allen Michael Medina-Barajas told Common Pleas Judge Patrick Carmody, “I knew him. He was my friend,” in an emotional address before being led away in handcuffs.

Medina- Barajas was sentenced to a 3 ½ to 7 year prison sentence for the death of 24-year-old Joseff Teitsort-Birog in August 2014.

Medina-Barajas was very remorseful during the sentencing and Judge Carmody praised his intentions. However, we reminded the defendant that his decision to drive drunk was inexcusable and reckless.

Drunk Driving Statistics

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):

  • The rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds.
  • Every two minutes a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.
  • On average 2 in 3 people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime
  • In America an average of 28 people die in a drunk driving accident daily
  • Drunk driving costs each adult in the United States almost $800 a year


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