It is common knowledge that drinking and driving is dangerous and often illegal. A Connecticut police spokesman recently pointed to the steel girder that surrounded a gas station building as preventing possible deaths after an alleged drunk driver slammed into the structure. The driver was arrested and charged with a DUI.
The 31-year-old driver apparently exited the Interstate while still travelling exceptionally fast. While exiting, she apparently hit another vehicle on the off-ramp and then continued on. All-in-all, she struck an additional four vehicles -- including one that was at a gas pump -- before her car smashed into the front of the gas station itself.
The steel girder in front of the building prevented the woman's vehicle from fully entering the store. A witness who was in the store at the time of the wreck attempted to pull the driver to safety afterwards, but he was unsuccessful. Firefighters later used the jaws of life to extract the driver from her vehicle.
The driver that reportedly caused the accident and three additional people were all transported to a local area hospital, though authorities noted that none of the injuries sustained were of a life-threatening nature. The driver has since been charged with a DUI, which can carry potentially long-lasting consequences if she is actually convicted. It is important to note that the driver has only been accused of a crime, and innocence will be presumed unless proven otherwise. In this instance, Connecticut prosecutors will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the woman was driving while intoxicated as set forth in the statute upon which her charge is based.
Source: Minuteman News Center, "Driver charged with DUI after car crashes into Fairfield gas station, injuring four", Donna Saracco and Tom Henry, March 25, 2014