Tragic accidents over the weekend that may have resulted from drunk drivers

Channel 4 reports on 2 separate accidents with tragic injuries that may have been the result of drunk drivers.
A man is dead and a woman is in serious condition after a crash Sunday night in Jacksonville.  A black Honda SUV was traveling northbound in the outside travel lane on Interstate 295 around 9:45 p.m. according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The SUV was being driven by a 17-year-old female.  A black Chrysler van was disabled on the northbound outside emergency lane. A couple from St. Augustine were in the van.  A gold Chrysler van was stopped behind the black van assisting with the disabled vehicle, according to FHP.
The black Honda SUV struck the left side of the gold Chrysler, causing it to collide with the black Chrysler van.  Both vehicles traveled onto the grass shoulder. The gold Chrysler struck a tree with its front end.  The man in the black Chrysler died from injuries related to the crash. FHP said he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.   The female in the black Chrysler was seriously injured and transported to UF Health in Jacksonville. FHP said she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.  The driver of the black Honda SUV  was transported to Baptist South Hopsital with minor injuries.
FHP said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash and charges are pending.
South Florida police say two teens involved in a car crash and a Good Samaritan who stopped to help them were killed when another vehicle plowed into them.  Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta says the teens’ car collided with an SUV early Sunday in an intersection. The teens got out of their car, and they were joined by a man who stopped to help.  Zabaleta says a red Kia Forte then drove into the scene, hitting all three pedestrians and crashing into the SUV.  The teens and the Good Samaritan were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not been released.  The drivers of the Kia and the SUV were taken to a hospital.  Zabaleta says investigators believe that speed and alcohol may be a factor in the crashes.
The 2012 Statistics for Florida are sobering (pun intended). MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) report the following:
Drunk Driving 
Drunk driving fatalities (.08 BAC or higher):  697 representing 29% of all total traffic deaths, a 0.4% increase from last year.
Alcohol related crash injuries (.01 BAC or higher): 12016
Alcohol related crashes (.01 BAC or higher): 17,199
DUI arrests:  53664
DUI convictions:  28689
DUI refusals:  18,268
Taxpayer subsidy of drunk driving fatalities:  $3.6 billion
3 time offenders:  113,076
5 time offenders:  11,681

Underage Drinking:

Alcohol use in past month among persons aged 12 to 20:  27.90%
Alcohol use in past month among persons aged 12 to 20:  595,000
Binge alcohol use in past month among persons aged 12 to 20:  17.60% people
Binge alcohol use in past month among persons aged 12 to 20:  376,000 people
2012 Arrest Data:

Under 18: Driving under the influence 197
Total: Driving under the influence 44894
Under 18: Liquor laws 1202
Total: Liquor laws 26954
Under 18: Drunkenness 0
Total: Drunkenness 0

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