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North Carolina woman sentenced for driving drunk, injuring man

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous on many levels as it improves the chance of the driver, as well as others on the road at the same time, of being involved in an accident.

A North Carolina woman was sentenced to serve as many as 29 months in prison as the result of a 2012 motor vehicle accident that disabled a local soldier.

The 48-year-old woman pleaded guilty to the following charges: a misdemeanor driving left of center, misdemeanor driving while impaired, and felony motor vehicle accident causing serious injury. The 29-month sentence the woman received is the maximum sentence given under North Carolina state law for those charges.

The now 43-year-old soldier was loading a boat into his vehicle when the woman's car hit him from behind. As a result, he was pinned under both vehicles, leading to rescue workers taking approximately one hour to remove him.

As a result of the accident, the man lost a finger and the thumb on his left hand. Doctors were also forced to amputate both of his legs.

The man said, "After pain, I feel a tremendous amount of loss. Losing both legs, plus a finger and a thumb and full use of my hand has radically disrupted my life. I have lost the ability just to be normal. Everywhere I go, I'm a spectacle."

According to authorities, the woman's blood alcohol level was 0.10 at the time of the crash. Additionally, there was cocaine in her system.

This is the type of motor vehicle accident that can occur when somebody drives under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Had the woman made a better decision and decided against getting behind the wheel, this incident could have been avoided, and one man might still be living a full and healthy life.

Source: WRAL, "Fayetteville woman pleads guilty in DWI wreck that disabled soldier" Bryan Mims, Apr. 09, 2014

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