Drunk Driving in Kentucky and Across the Nation Destroys Lives

November 14, 2011

The most recent Kentucky car accident involving a drunk driver to receive a lot of press was the November 11th accident that involved two University of Kentucky basketball players. Stacey Poole Jr. and Terrence Jones were riding in an SUV early Friday morning when it was struck by Scott Roseberry, a 22-year-old from Versailles, Kentucky. Mr. Roseberry stated he drank four or five beers before driving and hitting the SUV on East High Street in Lexington. Fortunately no one was seriously injured. Mr. Roseberry has been charged with DUI.

What remains to be seen in this accident is how the DUI will affect Mr. Roseberry's future. First offenders of drunk driving in Kentucky face up to 30 days in jail, fines between $200 and $500, license suspension up to 120 days, and possible mandatory enrollment in an alcohol treatment program or community service. Because Mr. Roseberry swerved into oncoming traffic and caused an accident, he could be charged with aggravated DUI, which carries stiffer penalties. Hopefully this incident will convince this young man to not drink and drive again, so he does not suffer the fate of Ivanna Villanueva, a 19-year-old college student in Miami. Ms. Villanueva was driving her car on October 2, 2001 after a night of partying at three different clubs when she rear-ended another vehicle, killing the 68-year-old driver. Her blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit and she was going 80 mph in a 40 mph zone. The teen has been charged with DUI manslaughter and may spend up to fifteen years in prison. The victim's family has also filed a wrongful death suit seeking damages. While she is currently out of prison and able to attend classes, her life has been forever changed by this tragic accident caused by her bad judgment.

On January 15, 2010, in Louisville, Kentucky, Amy Tomes drove her car the wrong way on I-65, causing a six-vehicle accident. She was driving without a valid license or insurance, and her blood-alcohol level was 0.32, four times the legal limit. One of the people involved in the crash had bruised kidneys and bleeding on the brain and had to be hospitalized. Ms. Tomes suffered numerous injuries as well. She initially pled not guilty to driving under the influence, reckless driving, wanton endangerment and assault, among other charges, but took full responsibility for the accident at the sentencing hearing, stating she couldn't remember the accident, but had seen it on TV. On November 10, 2011, the judge sentenced her to five years in prison, citing the seriousness of the accident and noting how miraculous it was that no one was killed.

Before drinking and driving, consider the possible consequences. As the above cases show, lives can be changed forever because of one bad decision. Take advantage of the cab ride offered by the bar or restaurant to those who may be unable to drive home safely. Call a friend or relative for a ride. Don't ruin your life, or the live of someone else. If you have already been affected by a drunk driver, contact a Kentucky accident attorney at Miller & Falkner to discuss your situation.

Sources:

UM student charged in fatal crash ‘destroyed' by tragedy, family says
; The Miami Herald; Lomi Kriel; November 7, 2011
Driver In 6-Vehicle DUI Crash Sentenced; wlky.com; November 10, 2011
Citation: Driver said he drank 4-5 beers before crash involving UK players
; kentucky.com; Karla Ward; November 13, 2011