Any impaired driving crash is tragic, and when one happens people will always wonder why, with so much evidence to the contrary, someone thought it was OK to get behind the wheel after drinking. The answer is usually pretty simple: because they thought they weren’t that drunk or they were still fine to drive.
That’s not the case with an impaired driving crash that happened recently near Airdrie, Alberta. Given the circumstances, there are still more questions than answers after a crash that left a four year old seriously hurt.
While driving on Highway 2 north of Airdrie, an SUV and a car collided after a third party cut off one of the vehicles. One vehicle rear-ended the other, and the crash seriously injured a four-year-old boy and injured the boy’s mother and two others. The confusing part of this crash was that the boy’s mother was driving impaired, but so far the investigation shows that she wasn’t the driver who caused the crash.
The four year old was airlifted from the crash scene and taken to the hospital in stable condition. His mother was arrested for suspicion of impaired driving of a motor vehicle, but charges haven’t been laid yet.
Even if the mother didn’t cause the crash, the fact that she was driving impaired could result in her being deemed responsible for a portion of it. She was drunk with a child in the back seat of her vehicle, and she’s fortunate that Canada doesn’t have aggravated impaired driving charges as many US states do. In that case, she’d be in even more trouble.
Police are still investigating, so the answers as to why it happened and who is responsible for this crash are still forthcoming. Unfortunately when a child is injured due to a crash like this one, finding the answer as to who is responsible doesn’t affect the outcome. Let’s hope the little guy comes through this one OK.