Hawaii news reports that a mother and son have been killed as the result of a suspected head on drunk driving crash. Initial reports from the fatal traffic accident reveal that the victim’s vehicle was travelling northbound when the driver who was presumed to be under the influence, was driving a pick-up truck and crossed the center line, slamming into the vehicle driven by a 49-year-old woman. Her son was seated in the front passenger seat. The pick-up truck struck them head-on, sending them careening into a third vehicle. The driver of the pick-up truck sustained serious personal injuries, while the operator of the third card received minor injuries.
The accident remains under investigation.
Reckless driving, including drunk driving, driving under the influence of marijuana and distracted driving are the leading causes of traffic deaths in Hawaii. Further, although traffic deaths involving car crashes are up, statistics show that the number pedestrian deaths surpasses those involving two vehicles. In fact, the most recent statistics from 2018 reveal that 43 pedestrians were killed as compared to 38 in vehicles. In order to stem the tide of traffic related fatalities, whether vehicular or pedestrian, greater emphasis has been placed on safety awareness and efforts to end drunk driving.
Other safety tips include avoiding cell phone usage while driving – especially texting and driving – and both drivers and pedestrians maintaining greater vigilance about their surroundings.
For more information or if you or a loved one has been injured in a Hawaii automobile or pedestrian accident, please contact the dedicated Hawaii personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.