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According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 people die every day in car crashes involving drunk drivers. While any drunk driving accident is already horrifying, there have been car collisions that are more shocking than most, not only because of a higher death toll but because of some of the circumstances surrounding them. Here are some of the worst drunk driving accidents of all time.

Considering that some of the drunk drivers mentioned below have already had prior DUIs, we cannot help but think how things might have turned out differently if the judges who convicted them the first time around had made interlock device installation part of the penalties. In hindsight, hundreds of lives could have been saved.

Drunk California teen livestreams crash, kid sister’s death

While this July 2017 accident in Los Banos, California claimed the life of just one person, 14-year-old Jacqueline Sanchez, this crash is particularly shocking since the drunk driver, Jacqueline’s older sister Obdulia, 18, was livestreaming over Instagram the entire time. Obdulia even shot a video of a dying Jacqueline minutes after the crash.

Drunk driver runs over two young boys, later killed with a gunshot to the head

Jose Banda, 20, plowed into David Barajas and his sons David Jr., 12, and Caleb, 11, while they were pushing a truck that ran out of gas on a road near Alvin, Texas in December 2012. Banda was later found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. Barajas was charged with the murder of Banda, which was seen as revenge for the death of his two young boys at the hands of a drunk driver. Barajas was later acquitted.

Drunk driver wipes out entire family of 4 in fiery car crash

Steven A. Boyce was 20 years old when he hit a Jeep Cherokee halted at a red light from behind in June 2011. The gas tank ruptured, and the vehicle burst into flames, eventually killing Mark Kevin Roe, 49, his wife Amanda Louise Roe, 31, and their children, Caleb Andrew Roe, 11, and Tyler Kevin Roe, 4. The accident took place in Winchester, Virginia. Boyce was eventually sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison on four counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and other lesser charges.

Five killed in Oxon Hill, Maryland DUI crash

On October 10, 2014, a drunk Kenneth Kelley drove right into a car stopped at a red light in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The accident claimed the lives of Tameika Curtis, 34, her sister, Typhani Wilkerson, 32, their passengers, Hassan Boykin, 1, and Khadiua Ba, 13, and Dominique Green, 21, a passenger in Kelley’s car.

Kelley, who had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.14 the night of the crash, pleaded guilty to the 28 counts of manslaughter, negligent homicide, driving under the influence and related charges leveled against him. Although he did skip a sentencing hearing in May 2017 and became a fugitive, he has since been recaptured and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Wrong way driver kills mom and four of her children on Christmastime

With a BAC level three times the legal limit, Michael R. Gagnon, then 24, sped in the wrong direction in his pickup truck and struck a minivan which carried a family returning home to Maryland after spending the holidays in Michigan in 2007. Killed were Bethany Griffin, 36; her stepdaughter Jordan Griffin, 10; and her daughters, Lacie Burkman, 7, Haley Burkman, and Vadi Griffin, eight weeks. Bethany’s husband Danny Jr. and two of their children survived the crash.

Gagnon was later sentenced to 43 years in prison without eligibility for parole.

Six people killed in three-car drunk driving crash

Twenty-one-year-old Olivia Carolee Culbreath had a 0.15 percent blood alcohol concentration when she hit two cars, killing two of her passengers and four people in a Ford Explorer, as she drove in the wrong direction on a Southern California freeway on Feb. 9, 2014. The driver of the third car only suffered minor injuries.

As it turned out, Cullbreath had already been convicted of DUI multiple times according to state records. She was also driving without a valid license, as her driver’s license had been revoked in 2013 and had not been reinstated at the time of the crash. She is currently facing six counts of murder.

Intoxicated driver slams into minivan, kills all seven passengers

Brett Gerald had a BAC of 0.15 when he crashed his car on May 30, 2012, right into a minivan filled with people returning home from church. Five of the passengers were killed on the spot, while two died from their injuries sometime later. Gerald was later found to have already been arrested for DWI twice but was able to get off light. This time, however, he was found guilty of seven counts of vehicular homicide and was sentenced to 70 years in jail.

Alcohol and marijuana proves a deadly mix for mother of two and seven other people

The name of Diane Schuler will forever live in infamy, as the July 2009 accident in Taconic State Parkway, New York that she caused received nationwide attention. Toxicology tests have revealed that Schuler was impaired by both alcohol and marijuana at the time of the crash, which killed her, her daughter, her three nieces, and the three passengers of the SUV she hit while driving in the wrong direction on the parkway. The accident spawned an HBO documentary, a Law & Order episode, and a book by Jackie Hance, mother of Schuler’s nieces who died in her vehicle with her.

The worst drunk driving accident in US history

In May 1988, a black Toyota pick-up truck driving the wrong way struck nearly head-on a school bus that was converted into a church activity bus outside of Carrollton, Kentucky. Neither the drunk driver of the pickup truck, Larry Wayne Mahoney, nor any of the 66 bus passengers were seriously hurt by the impact itself. The crash, however, ruptured the gas tank and caused a fire which gutted the entire bus in minutes. Since the impact rendered the front door of the bus useless, many of the passengers were unable to escape the engulfing flames. When the smoke cleared, 27 died on the bus, while 34 suffered severe injuries.

Despite the huge death toll, Mahoney, who had a previous DUI conviction and was found to have a BAC of more tha
n twice the Kentucky limit, was sentenced to only 16 years in jail. While it was Mahoney’s drunkenness behind the wheel that triggered the accident, the high fatality rate was also blamed on the flimsiness of the gas tank and the lack of emergency exits. Mahoney served 10 years and 11 months in prison and was released on September 1, 1999.

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