A spokesperson for the city of Atlanta said alcohol definitely played a factor in a deadly crash that took the life of a city employee on Wednesday. The City of Atlanta employee who was driving is facing charges for causing a wreck that killed a co-worker that was a passenger in the city vehicle. The driver was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. His identity and condition have not yet been released.
“The City of Atlanta has a zero-tolerance policy for drug and alcohol use and routinely conducts random screenings,” Interim Director of Communications Carlos Campos wrote. “An internal investigation is being conducted and we will take appropriate action based on the outcome of that investigation.
Channel 2’s Carl Willis interviewed a former public works employee on Wednesday. He told Willis that he was worried about alcohol issues on the job. The former employee wants to remain anonymous, but said on several occasions he warned his supervisors of his concerns about alcohol use on the job. This was months before the accident that left one of his former co-workers dead.
According to the city the passenger in the truck was killed when it overturned while exiting Interstate 75 at Cleveland Avenue. Witnesses report seeing the driver changing lanes too rapidly which caused the vehicle to swerve, the driver then over corrected several times before losing control of the vehicle.
A traffic investigator on the scene “located a pint of Pinnacle vodka in the grass in front of the vehicle which was half consumed,” and confirmed that the bottle did indeed contain alcohol. A drug and alcohol screen has been conducted, but the official results have not been released. Police are seeking arrest warrants against the driver of the city vehicle on charges of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane.
Drunk driving is a big problem and a deadly and devastating one. Did you know that the CDC estimates that alcohol related accidents, just in the US, cost approximately $51 billion. Also, according to recent studies 30% of Americans will be involved in a drunk driver accident at some point in their lifetime. Unfortunately, there are very few people for whom drunk driving hasn’t touched their lives in one way or the other.
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