Repeat offenders can lead to Tennessee drunk driving accidents

Drunk driving accidents can occur any time someone who is intoxicated gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.  The irony is that even those who have committed acts of driving while under the influence do not always learn their lessons the first time around.  In fact, many Tennessee drunk driving accidents are committed by repeat offenders.

Such a case is said to have happened in Kingsport, where an alleged DUI occurrence resulted in a homicide indictment.  According to reports, in June 2014, an allegedly intoxicated man drove into a pedestrian.  The victim turned out to be Mike Locke, former Tennessee state representative, making the incident front-page news.

By indictment, the alleged perpetrator of the alleged drunk driving incident was charged with vehicular homicide, leaving an accident scene, reckless endangerment, DUI and other charges.  Authorities assert that his vehicle struck and killed the victim, who was on foot and placing campaign signs for another candidate along a roadway.  This then propelled the victim over the side of the highway and 20 feet into a ravine.  Locke died later, presumably at a medical center.

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of this case to accept is that police had charged the man who has been indicted with DUI during the week before the incident took place.  Thus, twice in seven day's time, he allegedly got into a motor vehicle while above the legal blood alcohol limit of .8 percent.  It was not reported whether the victim's relatives have or will pursue a wrongful death lawsuit apart from the criminal charges that the male driver faces.  In similar drunk driving accidents, successful civil lawsuits have resulted in financial awards for grieving loved ones that can be used for medical and burial expenses, among other damages allowed by applicable law.

Source:, "Alleged drunk driver indicted in death of former state representative from Kingsport", Nate Morabito, Nov. 19, 2014

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