On Monday, an allegedly drunk driver injured a 27-year-old man as the man was crossing a street in Queens.
The reason we are writing about this incident is that we want to demonstrate why authorities take drunk driving so seriously.
The 48-year-old Bronx man who was driving when the accident occurred was heading west on Astoria Boulevard around 2 a.m. when he struck the 27-year-old near 96th Street.
The 27-year-old was taken to Elmhurst Hospital. The nature and extent of his injuries have not been described in detail.
Authorities have not said whether the 27-year-old was in a crosswalk or was jaywalking when he was hit. They have said that the driver remained at the scene. Apparently, the driver was cooperative.
It has not been made clear why police think the driver was intoxicated. If they performed tests that verified their suspicion that he was drunk, which we hope they did, that has not been publicized.
As we said, we are covering this story because we want all of our New York readers to know that all too often, driving drunk has very real, very unfortunate consequences. Not only is the 27-year-old hurt, but if he was indeed drunk when the accident occurred, the 48-year-old man will face a severe punishment and lingering fallout, such as difficulty obtaining insurance and possible employment ramifications.
Source: The New York Daily News, "Drunk driver critically injures 27-year-old man crossing street in Queens," Barry Paddock, Dec. 24, 2012
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