The rules of the road are based heavily on the well-being and safety of everyone who uses it. This is why alcohol is so heavily regulated on the roadways. When the rules of the road are broken, accidents can happen. Such an accident occurred when a drunk driver struck and killed a bicyclist near Reno.
According to Washoe County sheriff deputies, the driver of a car traveling on Seneca Drive crossed over to the wrong side of the road where he then struck a 16-year-old bicyclist. The bicyclist later died at a nearby hospital. The driver of the car was administered a field sobriety test at the scene that he failed. He was then arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Any roadside death in connection with a suspect driving under the influence is subject to a thorough investigation. An investigation will discover if the bicyclist hit by the drunk driver died directly due to a driver’s intoxicated state while driving. Penalties of charges related to DUI’s range from misdemeanor to felony. With any death connected to a DUI the penalties can be severe.
The driver of the car will await his trial for the DUI charge. Only a careful investigation of the facts and evidence will determine how the driver in this case will be charged. In a situation where a young person has died in a tragic accident it is important to look at all the facts to determine exactly what happened. Road safety will always be the number one concern for all who travel on it.
Source: therepublic.com, “Man arrested on suspicion of DUI in accident that kills bicyclist in Reno area,” June 15, 2014