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If a drunk driver hit's someone and kills them and the victim was drunk and Jay walking, should the driver still be held responsible?

This is happening where I live and the driver commited a hit and run, while drunk, having his lights off, and two busted tires. He hit and killed a man who was also drunk and Jay Walking. The driver is a high profile attorney and is trying his hardest to get out of any responsibility.

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:12 PM on Apr. 7, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (32)
  • Well he should be charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influcence.

    Answer by usmc0351wife at 4:14 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • If the driver was drunk then I think it's the drivers fault. His judgement was impared.
    However if the driver wasn't drunk, then it's his responsiblity to keep his eyes on the road and be prepared for things on the road. Just like if a deer jumped in his path. JMO.

    Answer by LadyChamp at 4:15 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • I think they both were stupid in getting drunk and if the other guy didnt die from it I would say they both should be charged!

    Answer by soonmommyof3 at 4:17 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Yes, and if the drunk walker lived he could be charged with public drunkenness or endangerment. If they are both wrong it doesn't take away from the responsibility.

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 4:18 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • yes of coruse he should if the victem wasn't drunk it would be no question in anyone's mind that he should be charged

    Answer by emtmommyamanda at 4:21 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • wow this is a wickedly crazy question, lol. It's like the perfect court case, whose more at fault? Well, since the drunk jay walker is dead, the only thing left is to charge the driver with whatever consequences of him being a drunk driver. If the drunk jay walker had lived, he too would need to be charged with breaking the law. Because that's good ole America for ya. But all in all, this guy is still responsible for the crime he committed whether the pedestrian was breaking the law or not. He shouldn't have been drunk driving. Get it? LOL

    Answer by aluvk4evr at 4:22 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Yes, he was still drunk and driving. He can't argue that he wouldn't have hit the other man if he was behaving with in the confines of the law, he doesn't know that. He should at least be charged with DUI, the traffic violations that took place, vehicular manslaughter.

    Answer by lovinangels at 4:40 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • pedestrians always have the right of way...regardless of their level of impairment.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:40 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • BTW, if he WASN'T drunk, I don't feel he would have been at fault.

    Answer by lovinangels at 4:40 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • He still committed a crime whether the victim was drunk or not. He needs to take responsibility for that.  Whose drunkeness caused the accident?

    this is a wicked question!


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:46 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

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