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Man Charged In Fatal Drunk-Driving Crash That Killed His Son

The Macomb Daily reports that a man has been charged in the fatal crash that killed his son. 

32-year-old Arturo Molina Mendez was arraigned from his hospital bed. He is facing charges in the Sunday accident that killed his 7-year-old son. Mendez was driving with his son in a 2015 Kia Optima just after midnight on Sunday. He was driving at speeds over the speed limit on the right shoulder on the eastbound side of Hall Road. At the intersection with Heydenreich Road, he returned to the right turn lane. 

After proceeding through the intersection, he struck the curb on the southeast corner of the intersection. The vehicle went slightly airborne and struck a utility pole. 

Police arrived on the scene to find the boy unresponsive in the back seat. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 12:40 a.m. 

Mendez suffered from serious injuries in the accident. He is currently under police guard at the hospital until he is medically released. He is facing charges of operating while intoxicated causing death. The penalty for the charge is 15 years in prison. Mendez had a bond set at $150,000. 

Although New York has had drunk driving laws since 1910, the state still struggles with crashes involving drugs and alcohol. Alcohol is responsible for 1/3 of all traffic collisions in New York. In 2013, out of 8,368 crashes that involved alcohol, 358 of those crashes involved fatalities. 4,248 crashes ended with non-fatal injuries. Of the non-fatal crashes involving injuries, 943 were considered to be serious injuries. 1,125 injuries were considered moderate. 2,008 injuries were minor. 172 injuries had an unknown severity. A great majority of alcohol-related crashes occurred over the weekend. 

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