The mother of a 14-year-old boy who was killed in a single car rollover crash in Erie County is being held on drunk driving and other charges, a news article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The crash occurred on Sunday, August 1 when the car that the woman was driving swerved off the roadway, rolled over in the median and ejected the boy from the vehicle. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police investigators say that the mother’s blood alcohol level was 0.14%, which is nearly double the legal limit in Pennsylvania. Currently, the woman is being held without bail until her August 11 hearing before a District Judge. The woman faces charges of homicide by vehicle while driving drunk, reckless driving and other serious charges.
Drunk driving accidents injure and kill hundreds of people every year. In 2008, the NHTSA reported that 578 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in Pennsylvania alone.
Pennsylvania dram shop laws are implemented to help curb drunk driving accidents. These laws hold businesses that sell liquor and hosts of private parties liable when serving alcohol to those who take to the road and cause injury or fatal crashes.