DUI crash leads to severed thumb for passenger

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Friday, June 8, 2012

A drunk driving crash in October 2010 led to charges against a 43-year-old woman for harming her passenger. She was allegedly driving, with her aunt in the passenger seat, after a night of drinking and using marijuana.

Reports indicate that the drunk driving accident happened as the car was traveling at a high rate of speed while swerving between lanes at around 3 a.m. The car crashed into a light pole at an intersection. During the crash, the aunt's thumb was severed, but she was able to climb out of the vehicle. Those who choose to drink and drive in New Mexico should consider the possible effects that it could have on passengers as well as themselves, not to mention other drivers out on the road.

The niece pleaded guilty to the charges last year. Her sentencing has been delayed several times, but it eventually took place last month. No decision was made yet.

According to the authorities, the woman's blood alcohol content exceeded the legal limit. Records show that this was her fourth drunk driving conviction, and prosecutors were asking for a longer jail sentence than the defense was. According to the prosecution, a longer jail sentence will likely deter others from doing the same.

The defense argued that the accident has led to a change in the woman. According to her attorney, she has sought counseling to deal with her alcohol abuse and has also stopped drinking. Her lawyer added that her last drunk driving conviction was a decade ago, and she has been careful not to drive while under the influence since then.

But that does not mean that the woman should not be punished for her reckless actions. While it's admirable that she is getting help, she could have realized she had a problem before she injured a relative.

Source: The StarPhoenix, "Woman severs thumb in drunk driving accident," Hannah Spray, May 25, 2012