It’s not easy being a teen driver. They tend to make mistakes that can only be learned from, mistakes that many drivers made when they were learning how to drive. One major mistake is getting distracted – answering the phone, texting while driving, or even simply switching the radio station can distract anyone long enough to have an accident. Another mistake that many teen drivers make is driving with their friends, namely other teenagers. Having a single teen passenger can increase a teen’s chances of having an accident. Engaging in risky behavior is another way that teenagers may increase their risk of an accident.
WSB TV reports on a teen who is facing DUI and other charges after a friend fell from her car and was injured.
Alyssa Pindle had just graduated from Pope High School and was planning on attending Georgia Southern University. That all changed when she got into the car with her friend, Abigail Cook on July 5th.
According to police, Cook was driving a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe on Johnson Ferry Road near Sewell Mill Road at about 2 a.m.
Pindle was hanging out of the rear passenger window, yelling and screaming when she fell from the SUV. She suffered from a fractured neck, skull, and several other broken bones. She is now in a medically induced coma.
Cook “admitted to consuming alcohol earlier in the day” and “smelled of an alcoholic beverage.”
Now, she is facing charges of DUI and a felony charge of seriously injuring another person with a vehicle, providing alcohol to minors, and having a fake ID.
Police found a Tennessee driver’s license with Cook’s photo and the name Abigail Elise Ranke on it.
Police say that Cook was reckless for allowing her friend to hang out the window.
Cook was arrested and was bonded out of jail for $27,720.
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