Posted On: October 20, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Driver Used Drugs Prior to Fatal Car Crash

On October 12, Ryan Lippincott was charged in connection with a DUI accident on March 18 in Burlington County, NJ. While under the influence, Lippincott drove his car into oncoming traffic, killing 27-year-old Jonathan Hinkson, a music teacher at Volz Middle School.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Lippincott had inhaled an aerosol can of cleaner (known as “huffing”) and also used marijuana just before driving his car. He was charged with vehicular homicide, assault by auto and possession of alcohol by an underage person, and held on $100,000 bail.

In 2008, PennDOT reported 534 deaths due to alcohol-related accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths in the United States involve drugs other than alcohol, such as cocaine or marijuana. However, these types of drugs are often used in combination with alcohol.

In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to drive under the influence of any intoxicant, whether it’s alcohol, recreational drugs or prescription drugs. If “huffing” a chemical gets a driver high, then that driver is impaired and should not get behind the wheel of a car.

Every year thousands of U.S. motorists lose their lives in auto accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that more than 34,000 fatal car crashes took place in 2008. Unfortunately, negligent action is typically at the heart of most car accidents, and innocent motorists are all too often injured at the hands of a reckless driver.

In negligent cases similar to Mr. Lippincott’s, a victim and/or their family can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, and other accident related damages.

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal Philadelphia car crash, contact the Pennsylvania wrongful death attorneys at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP for a free evaluation of your car collision case. Our Pennsylvania auto accident attorneys can work to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions and seek compensation on behalf of you and your loved ones. Call today at 888-684-2374 for more information.