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Mississippi Driver Charged With DUI-Manslaughter After Fatal Wreck

On Behalf of | Nov 6, 2013 | Personal Injury

A man from Richton, MS has been indicted following a deadly accident back in April that left an unsuspecting 20-year-old dead. Police say that 50-year-old Randall Langele has been charged with DUI-manslaughter following the fatal accident.

According to authorities, John Michael Arcier was killed when the car he was driving was hit by Langele’s Ford F-150 pickup truck. Police say that Langele was driving he wrong way along U.S. Highway 84 at the time of the crash and that Arcier had no opportunity to avoid the deadly collision.

Emergency responders had to use the Jaws of Life to remove both men from their smashed vehicles. Tragically, Arcier was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Langele, on the other hand, suffered serious injuries but survived.

Police say that the deadly accident was already bad enough, but could have been far worse given that a packed church van carrying youth group members narrowly avoided the collision. After several months of investigation the police in Jones County are now ready to press charges against Langele for his irresponsible actions that night.

Despite all the warnings, public awareness campaigns, stiff criminal penalties and education efforts, people continue to get behind the wheel of their cars while impaired. In fact, statistics show that alcohol-related accidents are so prevalent, an estimated 40 percent of all drivers in the United States will be involved in a traffic accident blamed on alcohol at some point in their lives.

To demonstrate the dangerous impact that drinking can have on a person’s ability to safely operate a car, consider the following example: An average height person weighing 160 pounds drinking two beers in an hour would likely have a BAC of 0.04, almost half the legal limit in Mississippi. Despite not being legally impaired, this person’s risk of being in an accident is 1.4 times greater than a sober driver.

And what if that person drinks two more beers? At 0.08 percent BAC, a driver is 11 times more likely than a sober driver to be involved in a car accident. How about six beers? A BAC of 0.10 percent means that you would be 48 times more likely than a sober driver to be involved in a car accident. Finally, a 160-pound person who had consumed eight beers in around an hour would have a BAC somewhere near 0.15 percent. At this level you would be 380 times more likely to have a car accident than a sober driver. If those aren’t sobering statistics, nothing is.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a drunk driving accident, you want a lawyer who recognizes your unique needs. If you have been injured and think you may have a personal injury claim, please contact the Madison / Jackson personal injury attorneys at Kilpatrick & Philley at 601-707-4669.

Source: “Richton man charge in fatal accident,” by The Associated Press, published at SFGate.com.

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