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DWI Charge in Crash that Killed 4-Month-Old

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Rachel Moody3 years ago

Drunk driving caused the death of a 4-month-old on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, who was not in a car seat but was instead being held by a passenger in the backseat. 

According to a report in The Charlotte Observer, the driver is now facing a DWI charge and speeding. 

About the Fatal Charlotte Car Crash

Around 2:45 pm, while heading southbound on Old Statesville Road, 21-year-old Thabiti Ashim Pierre-Louis tried to pass a vehicle in front of him. 

He then lost control of his vehicle, which began sliding sideways, went off the right side of the road, and slammed into a power pole.  The pole split into two pieces and the 2000 Nissan Altima flipped onto its roof. 

Authorities say the infant was thrown from the car and then the car landed on top of her.  She died at the scene.  Four other passengers, who ranged in ages from 15 to 18, suffered minor injuries.

Pierre-Louis was charged at the hospital with DWI, child seat violation, and overcrowding a vehicle. 

Police say he will also be charged with felony death by motor vehicle, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, and child neglect once he is released from the hospital. 

Records show Pierre-Louis had no previous legal problems. 

National Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

The following statistics were provided by the United States Department of Transportation:  

  • In 2012, alcohol accounted for 31% of overall driving fatalities.
  • There were 10,322 fatalities in 2012 involving alcohol, out of 33,561 total fatalities from vehicle accidents, making up nearly one-third of fatalities.
  • Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities increased by 4.6% in 2012.


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