September 29, 2011
An intoxicated driver who was responsible for causing an accident that killed a man in Forsyth County last winter was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to a felony charge for death by motor vehicle and a misdemeanor charge for driving while impaired. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, the drunken driver was given 20 to 33 months in state prison.
The accident happened on December 2, 2010 just after 9:00 p.m. on Baux Mountain Road. The 26-year-old Kernersville man was driving his Jeep along the road when he came to the red light at the intersection with NC 66. Rather than wait, he decided to cut through a gas station parking lot to avoid the light. He whipped the Jeep right onto 66 and cut an immediate left through the intersection back onto Baux Mountain Road. That’s when the accident happened. The 55-year-old victim was approaching on his motorcycle and did not have time to stop before colliding with the Jeep that had just cut him off. The driver of the Jeep had a blood alcohol level of .12, four points over the legal limit.
The ironic part of the story is that the victim had dedicated his life to helping others overcome drinking problems, as he had in his younger days. He was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and was helping an Iraq war veteran recover at the time of the crash.