WESTCHESTER, NY- The whiteplains.dailyvoice.com writes that the driver who severely injured three teenagers in Northern Westchester had a blood alcohol level that was three times the legal limit. The crash took place on Friday, October 26, 2018, at about 7:05 p.m.
Police were called to the scene after reports of a two-vehicle collision that took place on Croton Avenue in Cortlandt.
The investigation determined that Kevin Singleton, 32, of Putnam Valley was driving southbound in his 2013 Ford F150 on Croton Avenue when he veered over the center line and into the northbound lane. The truck hit a 2017 Honda Civic head-on. Three teens were in the Honda when the collision took place. Their vehicle rolled over, and one of the victims sustained severe injuries.
Singleton was found to be driving under the influence and is now facing a number of charges, including “vehicular assault in the second degree (a class E felony), reckless endangerment in the second degree, three counts of assault in the third degree, all class A misdemeanors, and aggravated driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.
Drunk drivers kill an average of 29 people every day in the United States. In 2016, 28 percent of all vehicle-related fatalities were caused by drink drivers. The total number of people killed was 10,497. While there were over one million tickets issued to drivers across the United States for driving under the influence, that number only represents a very small fraction of total drivers who self-reported getting behind the wheel while they were intoxicated. Adults in the United States reported driving while they were impaired by alcohol 111 million times in 2016.
Alcohol is not the only drug to impact drivers. About 16 percent of car accidents are the result of drugs, both legal and illegal. While drunk driving is on the decline, accidents involving drivers under the influence of marijuana are becoming more common.
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