But what happens when you encounter a drunk driver when you're not behind the wheel? Sound impossible? This story I got from Mariel (not her real name) proves otherwise:
Hello, Doc. I've been reading your blog for a while now and I thought I could share my story. I'll try to make this as easy to understand as possible. I'm not sure I will succeed.My parents and I were leaving my grandparent's house. The house is downhill, just after a turn. My mom and I were waiting by the porch and my dad and my grandpa were talking in front of the garage. That's when a car turned the corner and, instead of slowing down, it went faster, lost control, and hit my dad and grandpa.My dad hit the car's windshield and managed to fall on his feet, but due a fractured sacrum and pubic tubercle, he couldn't stand up. My grandpa was thrown against the garage and hit his head. The impact was so strong he was turned around so his head was facing the car. He was in cardiac arrest by the time the ambulance got there.My father is mostly fine, but my grandpa died due the head trauma. The driver of the car that hit them was drunk.My grandma is alone now because a stupid 45-year old man thought he could drive after wasting himself in booze.
I don't really think I have a whole lot more to say about that. Drunk drivers are menaces not only to other drivers, but to pedestrians and everyone around them as well.
Mariel, my sincerest condolences to you and your family.