On March 6 of this year, a fatal car accident took the lives of five individuals in northern Arizona.
Recently, Mohave County Sherriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter announced that the toxicology test results had come in and they indicated that alcohol was indeed a factor in the tragic accident.
Carter revealed that the driver, 22-year-old Carol O. Holm, of Hildale, Utah, was found to have been impaired from the ingestion of alcohol when the Chevrolet Suburban that he was driving rolled on its top, off of a dirt road about 20 miles to the Arizona side of the Utah-Arizona Border.
At the time of the accident, Holm's blood-alcohol level was said to be at 0.186, over twice the legal limit for operating a vehicle in our state of Arizona.
Holm was pronounced dead at the scene, along with a number of other passengers including 17-year-old Joy Bistline, 16-year-old Rachel Anne Kolgrove, 15-year-old Taylor Roundy, and 19-year-old Jamison Holm Timpson.
16-year-old Nakita Timpson was the only survivor of the single-car crash and she was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Officials have stated that their investigators suspect that the victims had been celebrating Timpson's birthday before the car wreck occured.
Being a Phoenix car accident lawyer, when you hear about crashes like this, you suspect that something illegal could have been a factor. Until you have the facts, however, these thoughts can only be treated as assumptions.
With the test results in, and it being clear that the 22-year-old driver was driving under the influence of alcohol, one thing is for sure..This young man made the wrong decision.
It is always the wrong choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle when you are impaired.
Our thoughts, here at our Phoenix car accident law firm, are with the family members and friends of the victims in this incident.