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Alleged drunk driver inflicts personal injury: 3 women hurt

There really is no excuse for impaired driving in 2017. Anti-drunk driving campaigns have been in place for decades. Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol is socially unacceptable, and seasonal police blitzes hammer home the point several times a year. Unfortunately, there are still those who insist on making the choice to drink and drive. Sadly, these drivers often cause serious personal injury to innocent motorists, as recently happened in Calgary.

In the early morning of March 6, a Honda Civic carrying three occupants was northbound on Deerfoot Trail. At the same time, a Subaru Impreza was travelling in the opposite direction. Near the intersection of Beddington Trail, the Subaru, which was being driven in the wrong lanes, collided head on with the Honda.

The resulting crash trapped the three female occupants of the Honda in their car. Emergency crews extricated all three of them from the car and transported them to hospital. Two of the women were reported to be in serious condition. The third was initially reported to be in a life-threatening state, but was later upgraded to serious. 

The driver of the Subaru, a 29-year-old Calgary man, was uninjured. Police arrested the man on the scene. He was charged with three counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, three counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm and three counts of driving while over the legal limit.

The idea of encountering a drunk driver at 5 a.m. almost certainly never entered the minds of any of the victims. Because of his negligence, however, all three suffered serious injuries, injuries from which it may be difficult to recover. A man or woman who has endured a major injury in an accident might want to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer familiar with personal injury cases in Calgary may be able to help seek the compensation a victim needs after a serious accident.

Source: Calgary Herald, "Impaired driving charges laid after wrong-way crash sends three to hospital", Ryan Rumbolt, March 6, 2017

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