Drinking and Driving Led to a Nightmare

If you, or a family member, were unfortunate enough to be involved in a drunk driving accident, please retain an experienced lawyer immediately.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 14, 2006, Michaela Rae Lindsey got behind the wheel of her pickup truck after drinking eight beers. Then 18, Lindsey was driving in rural Clinton County, Missouri when she broadsided a car driven by Joshua M. Holdsworth. Holdsworth, 21, was killed in the crash. His passenger, Derek White, was seriously injured.

On Monday, Lindsey pleaded guilty to first-degree involuntary manslaughter and assault in the second degree, the St. Joseph News-Press reports. A judge will soon decide whether she should serve up to 22 years in prison.

As part of the guilty plea, Holdsworth’s parents spoke about their son’s death. His mother said that for two years, she’s been in “a million little pieces.”

Drunk driving continues to claim the lives of innocent victims in Missouri, especially around the holidays.

With Halloween just around the corner, the problem of drunk driving will once again be in the spotlight. There’s a good reason. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 44 percent of all highway deaths on Halloween night involved a motorist with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

To avoid a tragedy on Halloween, the NHTSA recommends:

  • Select a designated driver
  • Party hosts should not allow impaired guests to drive
  • Buckle-up
  • Trick or treaters should use a flashlight and stay on the sidewalk

If you, or a family member, were unfortunate enough to be involved in a drunk driving accident, please retain an experienced lawyer immediately. The sooner an experienced attorney gets involved, the better.

An experienced motor vehicle accident attorney can work with a toxicology expert to gather evidence from police reports, the scene of the accident and from witnesses. At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C in St. Louis, our car and truck accident lawyer Chris Hoffmann can assist you in obtaining the compensation you need for present and future needs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Call (314) 361-4242 or fill out our personal injury contact form today, and attorney Chris Hoffmann will personally call you back. The amount of compensation you receive from an injury claim is important for you future – choose your lawyer carefully.

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