4-Year-Old Cole Michael Kelly was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday after he was struck by a vehicle that crashed into his backyard where he was playing. The car’s driver, Pedro Roias, is his neighbor. The 64-year-old motorist has been arrested on drunk driving charges in the Dartmouth, Massachusetts motor vehicle crash.
According to police, Roias drove his car, a 2000 Dodge Caravan through the “stockade style fence” and ran ran over Kelly yesterday afternoon. Roias then stayed in his auto with the engine still on until someone turned it off.
He pleaded not guilty to several charges, including assault and battery involving dangerous weapon and DUI of liquor resulting in serious injury to the body. Meantime, Kelly has been released from the hospital and he is recovering at home.
Drunk driving is a common cause of injuries and deaths. An experienced Boston injury lawyer may be able to help you pursue compensation from the responsible party.
Driving while under the influence impairs the senses, slows one’s reflexes, clouds judgment, and places the lives of the driver and others in peril. Motorists that drive drunk never intend to hurt anyone, but the consequences can be catastrophic for everyone involved.
Massachusetts Drunk Driving Accidents
With the July 4 holiday fast approaching, alcohol will likely be imbibed at barbecues, picnics, and other celebrations. Drivers should remember to refrain from drunken driving.
For many victims who are lucky enough to survive a drunk driving crash, their lives are never the same, as they cope with devastating, debilitating injuries that make it impossible for them to live a normal life. For families who have lost someone in a DUI accident, their lives are also ruined.
You may be able to obtain Dartmouth personal injury or wrongful death recovery for medical costs, burial or funeral expenses, rehabilitation bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost benefits, and other damages.
Four-year-old Dartmouth boy run over by alleged drunk neighbor while playing in his backyard, Boston.com, June 28, 2012
Impaired Driving, National Safety Council
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