Officer tried to Stop Drunk Driver Prior to Wreck
Fox29 reported on August 23, 2017, police have stated that a driver who was killed due to a violent crash on the Northeast Side of San Antonio refused to pull over for an officer who had attempted to pull him over moments before. According to the San Antonio Police Department, the car was driving down Loop 410 when he sped by a police officer. The officer attempted to pull the driver over shortly after 2 a.m. When the suspect tried to pull away, the officer backed off of the pursuit and lost sight of the white Ford Fusion. A short time later, the officer exited Loop 410 at Starcrest and witnessed the same car he just tried to pull over had crashed into a utility pole. Investigators said that the car broke into four pieces after hitting a metal pole, a wooden pole, a brick fence and a fire hydrant. The driver was killed as a result of this accident. The driver’s name was not released, but officers noted that the driver had an odor of alcohol on his body. Crews closed the access road for several hours while the crash was investigated. No other vehicles were involved and thankfully no one else was hurt.
Auto Crash Statistics
In preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA:
- A 7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths occurred in 2015. Around 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.
- Estimates based on data for 2015 reveals that most of the Nation saw significant increases in motorcyclist (9% increase), pedestrian (10% increase) and pedal cyclist fatalities (13% increase).
- Fatalities to drivers and passengers also increased (6% and 7%, respectively).
- Fatalities in crashes involving young drivers (15 to 20 years old) increased 10 percent.
- Fatalities in crashes involving large trucks increased by 4 percent.
- Fatalities among occupants of passenger vehicles that rolled over increased by about 5 percent. These estimates are created by inflating current 2015 cases coded into FARS to regional totals presented in the note for the overall fatalities. Auto Accident Statistics According to Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Fact 2015
- Based on reportable crashes in 2015, 1 person was killed every 2 hours 29 minutes, 1 person was injured every 2 minutes, 8 seconds, 1 reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.
- There were 581 people killed in head-on crashes in 2015.
Of all people killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable and usage was known in 2015:
- 3% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred.
- 246,335 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.
- There were 459 motorcyclists (operators and passengers) killed in 2015.
- Fifty-two percent (52%) of motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
- The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2015 was 1.43 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled, this is a 2.05% decrease in the number of motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2015 death toll of 3,531 was a decrease of 0.14% from the 3,536 deaths recorded in 2014.
- There were 13,616 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2015 with 17,011 people sustaining a serious injury.
San Antonio Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
This was a very violent wreck. The drunk driver must have been traveling at a very high rate of speed as the car not only plowed through four obstacles but was also torn into four pieces. Thank goodness there was not another car, or person in this drunk driver’s path. Had there been then this story would have been much more tragic. It is also a good thing that the officer gave up the chase. Had the officer persuade the driver the driver may have crashed into another car out of desperation. If anything, this story really shows how dangerous drunk drivers can be to other motorists. If you have lost a loved one, or you yourself have been injured, due to a drunk driver, then please do not delay and give our offices a call.