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Last time we talked about how, according to data analysis from the New York Times, DUIs are the most common reason for arrests in the NFL league. However today DUI Tempe, AZ attorney Mark Weingart and the rest of his staff want to talk about the other side of a DUI charge. What we mean by this are the consequences that affect not only the person drinking and driving but how drinking and driving can affect innocent people.
Last month around the middle of July 14-year-old Miguel Maldonado careened through the intersection at 67th Avenue and Van Buren Street, running a red light and colliding with an SUV that had three people inside of it. One of the passengers was a three-year-old little girl.
Maldonado and his passenger both admitted that they had been drinking before getting in the car to drive. Maldonado was administered a portable breathalyzer test, the results of which was .109. The boy also displayed six key cues which indicate intoxication.
Maldonado had been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is being tried as an adult. However, despite what any DUI attorney may be able to do for Maldonado, they cannot repair the damaged this young boy’s decision to drive caused.
All three victims that were in the car Maldonado hit, including the young girl’s mother and her mother’s boyfriend, were injured in the collision. However, the toddler, whose name is Aria, despite being restrained in her car seat was thrown from the vehicle. The resulting injuries she sustained were serious enough to nearly take the young girl’s life. Little Aria was rushed to the hospital where she underwent multiple surgeries and is locked in a battle to stay alive.
All before her life has even begun…all because someone decided to get behind the wheel after drinking.
Despite the terrible event that took place on the night Aria nearly lost her life, two weeks later the tiny tot was wheeled out of intensive care, though she still resides in the hospital and that means medical expenses are stacking up..
However, family and friends of the victims affected in the crash have come together in an amazing effort to help support the family. A disc golf fundraiser was held at Emerald Park near the beginning of August in honor of Aria.
Aria’s uncle is a member of a disk golfing club in Mesa and he is thankful the club has decided to help out.
“It just makes me love this sport even more,” Matt Greyeyes, Aria’s uncle, said. “Just a bunch of people I don’t know helping out my family just because of this one sport.”
Aside from the fundraiser, Aria’s family has also set up an account that the public is open to donating to in order to help pay for the medical care which is saving this little girl’s life.
We suppose the moral of this story is that the next time you even consider getting behind the wheel after you have had a few drinks, make sure you also consider how your decision might affect, or very well end, the life of someone else.
Everyone’s actions have a ripple effect. Be aware of what effect your ripples might have.
Until next time readers, drive safe.