Drunk Driving Investigated as Driver Injured 28 Pedestrians in New Orleans

Every year, drunk driving causes thousands of wrecks in the United States, some of them fatal. Police say a man who plowed into a crowd during the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol.

The driver allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying the Krewe of Endymion parade on Saturday in New Orleans. While multiple injuries were reported, there were no fatalities on Saturday night. Police said the driver is being investigated for driving while intoxicated.

At least 28 people were hurt in the crash, five of them seriously, according to reports. Seven other people who were hurt declined medical transportation.

Police say the man driving a pickup hit a dump truck and went into the crowd. The youngest person to be injured was just three and the oldest were in their forties.

Witnesses reported seeing the pickup driver lose control and head at a high rate of speed down Carrollton Avenue.

Some witnesses said the pickup driver seemed to be unaware of what he was doing.

The injured included a New Orleans police officer. Police said she was undergoing tests but was reported to be in good spirits.

The incident has similarities to one two years ago when a woman plowed her car into a crowd of spectators at an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade in 2015, killing four people and injuring many more. Police said 11 victims were under 13.

Adacia Chambers was charged with four counts of second-degree murder and could face life in prison, police said.

The 25-year-old was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the deadly crash.

Every year, hundreds of lives are lost in Virginia due to DUI drivers, we note on our website.

According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, there were 7,591 alcohol-related crashes in the state in 2015, the most recent year figures are available for.

Tragically, 247 of these proved to be fatal. Despite the frequent warnings, people still take the risk of getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against that driver’s insurance policy. Call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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