I recently posted a blog about a fatal, head-on collision that occurred during the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, May 20, 2010 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. New information has been released regarding the crash.
Sadly, Amick Lee Horn, 28, was driving while intoxicated when he went down U.S. 52 south in the wrong direction and struck David William Byrd, 62, with his vehicle. Horn’s blood alcohol content level was .23 at the time of the incident; almost three times the legal limit in North Carolina, which is .08.
Horn died at the scene of the unfortunate accident and Byrd died at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center from his injuries sustained in the wreck. The deaths made Winston-Salem’s fifth and sixth traffic fatalities in 2010, with the fourth having occurred on Monday morning, May 17, 2010.
Driving while intoxicated contributes to an egregious number of fatalities each year. Indeed, nearly 25% of all state highway crashes occur at night when people are more likely to be sleepy or intoxicated. The frustrating thing about these kinds of automobile “accidents” is that they are usually entirely preventable if only the driving had not been under the influence of alcohol or drugs!
The new information regarding these two deaths saddens the Piedmont Triad community. We must all remember to remain vigilant on the road and take care with ourselves and each other.