In the past few months, drunk driving accidents in Pennsylvania have garnered national attention. We've written a few posts about individuals who were killed because of the carelessness of drunk drivers behind the wheel, and Jackass star Ryan Dunn received national attention after he killed himself and his friend in a drunk driving car accident.
This week we have another story to write about, though the sad irony makes it hard to read.
After struggling with alcoholism for years, two unrelated men decided to join Alcoholics Anonymous. Keith and Michael became friends quickly, and they spent more than 20 years supporting each other and others in the quest to remain sober.
Last week both men were killed when they were struck by a drunk driver in Pennsylvania.
The two men joined a motorcycle group for individuals who are overcoming drug and alcohol addictions. Two weeks ago, Keith was leading several members of the group to a friend's funeral. While they were en route, a truck crashed into the group of motorcyclists, killing Keith and Michael.
At the time of the fatal motorcycle accident, a drunk driver in a pickup truck made a wide turn and crossed into the wrong lane. The truck hit Keith "so hard he exploded on impact." Although the driver of the truck has not been formally charged, the district attorney said the case is being looked at as a potential DUI case, adding that "charges are likely."
Both of the men who were killed left behind a wife and children. At this point, it is not clear whether the women will file a lawsuit against the drunk driver who caused the accident. If they file a lawsuit, they may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, funeral expenses and loss of consortium, among as other things.
Source: The Star-Ledger, "Recovering N.J. alcoholics killed by suspected drunk driver in Pennsylvania," Dan Goldberg, 3 July 2011