Authorities say that a 9-year-old boy was killed in a wrong-way crash because a man was driving on a Rochester street under the influence of alcohol.
The driver in the Rochester car accident is now facing a number of charges that include criminal vehicular operation and criminal vehicular homicide.
According to the Police Report, the crash occurred on a Saturday night at approximately 8 p.m. on 12 Street SE. The officers arrived on the scene to find three vehicles. According to witnesses, the man first struck the front of a truck, then struck a Kia Spectra head-on after he was driving the wrong way down the street.
One witness said that the man forced three vehicles off of the road. One swerved right before impact. He clipped the side of the second one. The third vehicle was struck head-on.
The boy died at a nearby hospital. Another child in the car was injured and remains in the hospital. His injuries are serious.
The Complaint says that the man told police that he had been at a casino earlier in the day and returned to Rochester. The man left his home after an argument at about 6:00 p.m. The crash occurred shortly after 8:00 p.m.
Around 10:40 p.m., police saw a man who matched the description of the driver staggering along the street. During the arrest, the officer noted that the man had injuries to his arm, hands, and chest.
The man said that he drove to a bar or two while drinking. He told the officers that he did not remember the crash and could not explain how he got hurt. The man’s blood alcohol content was above the legal limit. He had not had a valid driver’s license since 1986.
Alcohol-related traffic deaths are a very serious problem. The family of the deceased child may bring a Wrongful Death claim against the driver—and possibly against his family’s own insurer for an Underinsured Motorist claim. Damages may include medical and funeral expenses and the loss of each family member’s relationship with the boy.
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