Thankfully, most Boston motorists are responsible behind the wheel and do not drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But when an intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, a car accident may occur.
Police reports indicate that drugs may have played a role in the case of a man found in a crashed Audi recently. After allegedly driving into a supermarket wall, the man, who was apparently unconscious in the driver's seat of the car, took several minutes to respond to police's attempts to gain his attention.
When they arrived on the scene shortly after the crash, emergency responders noticed that the vehicle was still in gear. After rousing the man, police officers were able to get him to put the car in park.
When they noticed the man's apparent lethargy, police became concerned and conducted a search of the man. After finding a glass pipe containing marijuana residue on the man, officers decided to search the vehicle. They allegedly discovered a bag containing 95 doses of LSD. The man was charged with possession of a class B substance with the intent to distribute, as well as reckless operation of a motor vehicle.
This negligent driver could have injured other people as well as himself; the fact that nobody was hurt during the incident seems to have been due to pure luck. If an individual does fall victim to a drug or alcohol-related collision, serious injury or death can result. Victims of car accidents may need substantial time to recover from their injuries; in many instances, compensation can help offset the costs for victims of an auto accident.
Source: WCVB.com, "Homeless man faces LSD charges after driving into supermarket," Jan. 29, 2013