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..LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas say a 12-year-old girl was killed while trick-or-treating when she was struck by a car whose driver is suspected of being intoxicated.
The Clark County coroner says Faith Monet Love, of Las Vegas, was pronounced dead at a hospital after the crash about 8:15 p.m. Monday in a neighborhood several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.
Witnesses tell the Las Vegas Review-Journal the girl was crossing the street with a group of trick-or-treaters when she was hit by 2009 Mazda RX-8. A teenager who saw the crash says the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed in a 25 mph zone.
The 41-year-old driver, Justin Caramanica, was arrested on a felony drunken driving charge and is being held at the Clark County jail.
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Yeah, when a person hits the age of 41, usually they've gone and gotten the majority of the stupid out of their system by then. Drinking and driving is usually really low down on their list of things they are willing to risk.
Usually, when a person drinks and drives at that age, there are typically 3 reasons why:
a- They are a drunk, and this is something they do all the time, and have either been really, really lucky up to that point in their life, or they've got so many previous DD convictions, they don't have a license anyway.
b- They are having major upheavals in their life (wife left, dog has cancer, kids are crackhead ******, etc), and they are starting their downward spiral, but can get things corrected if they smarten back up.
c- They went to an office party, got plastered, and this is the first time in their life they ever made a stupid mistake like this, and its never going to happen ever again.
I really hope its c, but that doesn't help the family of the little girl at all.
Scientifically, it's usually because people who know they are going to be in an accident "brace" themselves one way or another, increasing their body's stiffness and resulting injuries. Drunks usually don't know, or if they do they don't react, and are typically "loose", absorbing the impact significantly better.
Doesn't help when the drunk is in a vehicle and the victim isn't.