A woman killed her mother in a drunk driving accident on Monday afternoon. The accident happened in Yavapai County, Arizona when 54-year-old Gina Hawes was operating a golf cart under the influence of alcohol. According to witnesses, Hawes was traveling on Red Rock Lane northbound when she made an abrupt left turn onto Mingus Drive causing her 75-year-old mother to be ejected from the vehicle. The passenger and Hawes mother, Gloria Miller, sustained serious injuries in the accident and was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Hawes admitted to authorities that she had been drinking before operating the golf cart, and she failed a field sobriety test and breathalyzer. Police also discovered open alcohol containers in the golf cart. She has been charged with DUI and manslaughter, and is being held without bond.
According to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, drunk driving accidents claim the lives of 28 people every day. There are numerous statistics and testimony of victims to deter an individual from committing such a reckless crime. Unfortunately, thousands of drivers continue to make the negligent decision to operate a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Victims that are injured in such a traumatic event will also experience physical, financial, and emotional damages. If a drunk driver has injured you or a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.
The experienced St. Louis drunk driving accident attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth have over 100 years of experience. Our attorneys will fight aggressively to hold the negligent driver accountable while recovering the maximum compensation for your damages. Contact our firm today for a free consultation.