If you have ever found yourself driving drunk or buzzed or have considered engaging in this type of behavior, this story will make you think twice the next time the thought crosses your mind.
 
Monday, May 7thstarted out like any other day for one Maryland family. Both Tori Willett and her husband Ethan Ruefly went out for a ride in their Jeep Wrangler and while they were sitting at a stoplight with their three-month-old son, Willett witnessed a 26-foot Penske truck coming up behind them, with no brakes being applied. Just moments later, the truck crashed into the back of the Jeep, leaving the couple’s baby who had just been welcomed into the world a few months ago, suffering from severe brain damage.
Ruefly told the news source that after the accident, the truck driver seemed to have stumbled down the steps of the cab with beer cans falling out. The driver of the Penske truck began kicking the cans underneath the vehicle and that is when he knew the man had likely been intoxicated while driving. Maryland State Police confirmed this, however, after they arrived on scene and smelled alcohol on his breath. They also had him submit to a field sobriety test in which he failed. Maurice Ford, 49, the driver behind the wheel of the Penske truck, was then arrested on the scene of the accident but was later released as the incident was still being investigated.
As for the three-month-old, he was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. He was placed on life support but just after three days had passed, these two parents had to make a decision they never thought they would ever be faced with. They decided that because their baby boy was brain dead, they would take him off life support and say goodbye, says WJLA.
Although officials say the investigation could take two months to conclude, Ford is likely to be charged with vehicular homicide or manslaughter by automobile. And while Ford waits to find out what his consequences will be for causing this tragic accident, the family is using their pain as “their motivation to speak out.”
Ruefly said “he will never forget the sound of the box truck slamming into his family’s Jeep” and that he’s “haunted by the moment he realized the driver that had hit them was likely under the influence.” The couple is also sharing their heartbreaking story with anyone who will listen. Willett stated, “We just hope other people see this story and think twice before drinking and driving. Think about Ethan. Think about your own children or your nieces or nephews. This could happen to anyone.”
If you lost a child or a relative to a drunk driving accident, speak with a DUI accident attorney in Baltimore who explain your rights and help you take swift and immediate action against the negligent driver who caused the crash.
Now, the couple can only hope that their story and message is enough to help prevent individuals from drinking and driving which, in return, will save more lives.
 
If you have lost a loved one to a drunk driving accident in Baltimore, MD or you suffered serious injuries as a result of one of these accidents, don’t wait to contact a Baltimore, MD drunk driving accident lawyer. The fact is, when a person decides to get behind the wheel of a vehicle drunk or drugged and causes someone else to suffer, they should be held accountable for their actions. And with the help that our DUI accident attorneys in Baltimore can provide, you will be sure to seek the justice you and your family are warranted.

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