Hopefully, our readers have never seen a deadly car accident up close. But if they have, they know how horrific and shocking it can be. If one of the drivers or someone else at the scene is to blame, he or she should be held responsible. This could mean criminal penalties, as well as personal injury damages awarded to the victims in civil court.
What you should not do is take the law into your own hands. No matter what you saw, every criminal suspect is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. And mob justice goes against our decision as a society to settle legal disputes in court, where defendants have a fair chance to defend themselves.
In a recent Louisville car accident, it appears that anger led several witnesses to attack one of the drivers. The driver allegedly was driving drunk and ran a stop sign before crashing into a van with five people inside and then hitting a pole.
Tragically, an infant girl in the van later died of her injuries. It is not clear whether the crowd that formed around the accident scene was aware that a baby was involved. Apparently, the alleged drunk driver tried to flee the scene on foot, but was grabbed by the crowd. One caller to 911 told the dispatcher that the crowd was “beating him up,” which would go beyond merely restraining him until police arrived.
Mug shots of the suspect showed him wearing a neck brace. His face appears to be bruised and swollen. It is not clear if he sustained these injuries in the car accident, or during the melee afterward.
The suspect was in jail on $750,000 bond. He is due in court on May 6. It remains to be seen if the infant’s family will also pursue a wrongful death claim against him.
Source: WLKY-TV, “New details emerge about DUI crash that killed baby,” Mark Vanderhoff, April 21, 2014