The Memorial Day holiday is a time set aside for people in New York and across the nation to remember and honor those who have died in the act of serving the country. Unfortunately, for some people, it also becomes a time when their own personal grief sets in and leaves them with new people to remember. This happens when reckless people make selfish choices that endanger the lives of others.
A sad example of this can be seen in a fatal crash that happened in upstate New York not far from Buffalo this past weekend. According to NBC New York, a drunk driver who is only 20 years old and not even legally supposed to be drinking ran his pickup truck into a minivan carrying four adults and five children at the intersection of Maxon Road and Route 20A. The two oldest children were 14 and 10 and both remain in the hospital at this time. Two youngsters who are only four are also still hospitalized.
The fifth child, a four-year-old girl, was taken to the hospital where she died shortly later. Both her mother and her grandmother died at the scene of the crash. Two other adults were injured and taken to the hospital. Only one of them has been released so far.
The underage impaired driver is in custody on a $200,000 bond. He will face multiple criminal charges including vehicular homicide. It is not known yet if the family may pursue civil charges against the man who claimed the lives of three of their relatives for no good reason.