Connecticut residents are aware that negligent driving, especially driving while intoxicated, has the potential to affect innocent bystanders. A distracted or drunk driver can easily cause a car accident, which results in serious injuries, medical expenses and significant pain and suffering. A recent two-car accident in which alcohol may have played a role, affected an unusually high number of people.
According to witnesses, a Chevy Suburban failed to stop at a stop sign located at Michigan Road and Route 123 in New Canaan. The Suburban then hit a Mini Cooper traveling north on Route 123 at the time.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the Suburban completely turned over and resting on its hood. Of the occupants of the SUV, only the driver and two of his passengers remained. The remaining teen passengers had fled the scene. Law enforcement began an immediate search to locate the remaining individuals in order to ensure they didn’t need medical attention.
Police found cans of beer, both open and unopened, flung about the floor of the Suburban. The Suburban was carrying nine teenagers.
The Mini Cooper carried two individuals, a 22-year-old driver and his 27-year-old passenger. The ages of the Suburban occupants ranged from 16 to 18-years-old.
Police saw one of the passengers who fled from the Suburban enter a taxi. Another fleeing passenger returned to the scene.
The two from the Mini Cooper and four of the Suburban occupants were all transported to a nearby hospital. While alcohol is suspected to have been involved in this incident, recent news sources stated that it was uncertain whether the driver of the Suburban was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Source: New Canaan Patch, “Alcohol possibly involved in 11-person car crash,” Emily Constance, June 27, 2012