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Former Pittsburgh couple killed in DUI car accident

Sadly, we are not immune from tragedy during the holiday season. This time of year is supposed to be a time of celebration and family, but for some it is also a time to drink and drive. Cocktails at parties and wine at dinner still impair your ability to drive, even if it is Thanksgiving or New Year’s Eve, but some people seem to think that there is an exception to this rule in November and December.

Drunk drivers frequently cause terrible car wrecks, such as one that claimed the lives of a former Pittsburgh couple recently. As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the couple, who moved to Florida in 2002, was driving home from a celebration on Thanksgiving when they were hit by a car driven by a 31-year-old man.

The man had just hit a third vehicle, and was reportedly driving more than 100 mph, according to police. Officers said the man, who survived the accident, had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit. They arrested him on suspicion of DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, lack of insurance and violating the terms of his driver’s license, which had been restricted to business purposes only.

The latter charge suggests that the suspect could have a history of drunk driving on his criminal record.

The husband was 64 and the wife was 53.

Drunk driving does not only put the driver at risk of serious injury. Everyone on the road, even those of us who drive sober, can suffer severe physical harm if a drunk driver is nearby.

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