It was early Wednesday morning when a mother traveling with her 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter were involved in an accident that led to two deaths and life-threatening injuries. Knox News was one of the sources that covered the story, highlighting the details that led up to this tragic accident occurring.
Sabrina Mae Brown, 32, was allegedly driving on Interstate 40 between the Pellisippi Parkway and Lovell Road when she made a sudden lane change, and lost control of her vehicle. As a result, she clipped the front of a semi-truck and her vehicle then came to a rest. Brown was driving in her Volkswagen Cabrio which sat across the outside lane of I-40 where a Ford F-150 pickup truck hit the passenger side doors of the vehicle. Brown and her son, Adrian Alexander Johnson, were both pronounced dead on scene. The woman’s 1-year-old was identified as being in critical but stable condition and was transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Who was at-fault for the accident?
Although Brown did abruptly change lanes which caused the initial accident to transpire with the semi-truck, the driver of the pick-up truck is taking the brunt of the blame. According to the news source, Richard Lee Romano, 30, is now being charged with second-offense DUI and possession of marijuana. He is being held at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility in lieu of a $15,000 bond. It was also reported that the truck driver, who is from West Virginia, did not sustain any injuries as a result of the accident.
This incident, like all others, will require an investigation to be conducted to determine why this accident transpired. Currently, it is unknown as to whether the mother driving the Cabrio was properly seat belted and if her children were properly restrained in their seats.
While the mother driving the Cabrio survived the accident involving the semi-truck, her and her younger son became the unfortunate victims of yet another drunk driving accident.
How common are drunk driving accidents?
Drunk driving is a serious issue within the U.S. today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) highlighted that 10,265 individuals in 2015 were killed in alcohol- impaired crashes. That’s an average of 1 alcohol-impaired driving fatality every 51 minutes. Among the number of individuals who were killed, 1,132 children ages 14 and younger were killed in traffic crashes and 181 of those crashes were alcohol-related accidents.
To help reduce these numbers, drivers are encouraged to avoid drinking and driving at all costs.
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