A man who killed an Indiana couple when he crashed into them while driving drunk was recently sentenced to 18 years in prison.
The elderly man and woman from Kokomo, Indiana, were in Seattle to see their son, his wife and their grandchild. They were crossing a street back in March when the man crashed into them. The couple’s daughter-in-law and her newborn son were seriously injured in the incident as well.
According to Fox 59, tests after the accident showed that the man’s blood-alcohol content was three times more than the legal limit. In Indiana, Washington and all of the other 48 states, anyone with a BAC of 0.08 or greater is considered too intoxicated to drive.
The man pleaded guilty to vehicular assault (for the injuries to the daughter-in-law and her child) and vehicular homicide (for the deaths of the Kokomo couple). FOX 59 reported that he had five previous DUI convictions, was on probation and was driving with a suspended license at the time of the accident.
This story is a terrible reminder that some people have awful problems with alcohol, and that we as a society should at least think about doing more to act when it’s evident that someone cannot control his or her behavior when it comes to drinking and driving. With five previous DUI convictions, it is obvious that this man was a danger to the public, and it is nothing less than a tragedy that the Kokomo couple had to pay the ultimate price for the failure to neutralize the threat he posed.