Intoxicated Driver Hit and Killed Man
Any activities that are done under the influence of drugs or alcohol are at risk of not being completed correctly or causing others pain in certain situations. A recent News Channel 5 report announced that police had arrested the driver suspected of striking and killing a pedestrian in Madison, Tennessee.
Perhaps the most upsetting aspect of this news is that this accident was completely preventable. The woman driving the car that hit the pedestrian was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol or both.
The male pedestrian, whose information has not been released, but was in his 50s, died Sunday around 10:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. This man was struck by a car around 8:30 p.m. on North Gallatin Pike.
The driver of the car, Angela Marie Shankle, was under an influence, although police are not sure whether she was using drugs or drinking alcohol as they found both two syringes and bottles in her possession. Shankle is also suspect in another hit and run at the RiverGate Target earlier that same night.
Shankle has been charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, drug possession without a prescription and DUI. Other charges are likely to follow.
While Shankle deserves to lose her license and spend time in jail, it is unclear if that will be her fate. Too often, offenders who cause damage under the influence are not forced to serve time or make necessary changes. Given the fact that her actions took a life may help to stiffen the penalty for her crime.