I lost my only son Brad a little more than 11 years ago on Aug 12th 2009. He was 24 yrs old, and while drinking and partying with his friends, he chose to car surf. He fell off of the car and cracked his head open. He had major brain trauma and never recovered. For nearly 36 hours, we prayed he would come through it, only to find out that his brain had swollen to the point of no return. We made the painful decision to remove him from life support, and donate his organs to others who desperately needed them.
We found out at the hospital that he had over 3 times the legal limit of alcohol in his body, and even though he wasn't driving the car, his buddy (who was also drinking all evening along with a total of 5 people) was not only driving the car, but fled the scene to save himself from any trouble. The 3 who remained with my son were all under the age of 18, including a girl who was 16, and in love with my son, (He had a girlfriend who was 8 months pregnant at the time). When these 3 underage witnesses gave their accounts to the police, they failed to mention the part about all of them drinking. I didn't find this out until the City Attorney told me that this information wasn't included in the police report, so I mentioned to her that he had that much alcohol in his system.
Two of the underage kids were16 yr old twin brothers, they told the police that they just happened to walk up on Brad laying there bleeding. The 16 yr old girl was the only one telling at least half of the truth. She also left out the part about them all drinking.
Because the driver fled and it took 2 days before he was caught, they were not able to test him for alcohol consumption. The driver is being charged with 'Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death' and 'Vehicular homicide'. Class 3 and class 4 felonies, respectively.