Drunk Driver On Wrong Side Of Interstate Kills Mother Of Four
Keeping up with my theme today of blogging about people who should not ever be allowed to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, I ran across another article on the web site of WRCB TV in Chattanooga about a clown named Robert Ayiteyfio from Atlanta who was driving his car at a high rate of speed on I-20 on the wrong side of the road. Not surprisingly, he ran head on into a vehicle driven by Shameyka Welch, 24, a mother of four children, killing her instantly. Her boyfriend and two of her children avoided death but ended up in Grady Memorial Hospital. My prayers go out to Ms. Welch and my deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Police told the reporter that Ayiteyfio was drunk during this heinous criminal act.
As he was being questioned by police at the scene of the crime, Ayiteyfio fled the scene on foot and had to be hunted down by the police. During the investigation another police officer was hit by a car and was hospitalized in stable condition. I hope this officer makes a speedy and complete recovery, what they do for us out there on the road is beyond comprehension. Ayiteyfio has been charged with vehicular homicide and is in custody.
Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. Here in Tennessee in 2008, 327 people were killed in crashes where the driver or motorcyclist had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. That is down from 377 people killed in 2007 with a BAC of .08 or higher.
Every day, 36 people in the United States die, and approximately 700 more are injured, in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion. But there are effective measures that can help prevent injuries and deaths from alcohol-impaired driving and one of them is to lock people like Mr. Ayiteyfio up to keep him from driving a motor vehicle ever again. During his incarceration he should be educated and treated for his alcohol issues and when he is released from custody he should be closely monitored and made to understand that if he tries to operate a motor vehicle again, he will be taken off the streets for good.
During this holiday season be ever vigilant as you drive. If you see a drunk driver give them plenty of space on the highway, don’t engage them and immediately report them to the Nashville Police by calling 911 or to the Tennessee Highway Patrol by dialing *847.
If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a Nashville automobile accident by a drunk driver contact the experienced Nashville automobile accident attorney’s at Phillip Miller & Associates and take advantage of a free consultation so that you can get a complete picture of your rights and remedies.
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