Louisville, KY- A Louisville man was charged with murder early in November after he caused a four-car traffic accident that resulted on one fatality, WDRB reported.
The incident took place on November 4th just before 7:30 p.m. on Dixie Highway. According to the arrest report, David F. Gurley, 52, was driving a Ford Explorer when he rammed into the rear of a motorcycle stopped in the center lane on the highway near the intersection of Blanton Ave.
Police said that Gurley also hit a Hyundai Kia which in turn hit a Jeep.
The motorcyclist 61 year-old Gerald Goldsmith was knocked off of his bike and was taken to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries, according to WDRB.com.
The Kia driver and two passengers in the Jeep were also injured but they were not life-threatening.
Police said Gurley smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking. His blood alcohol level was .295.
In spite of the fatal accident, police stated that Gurley showed “no remorse” for his actions. One witness said that after the accident occurred, Gurley got out of his car and demanded a light for his cigarette. The police report also stated that he never walked in front of his vehicle to check on the damage he caused to motorcyclist or his own vehicle.
Gurley was charged with murder, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and four counts if wanton endangerment.
If convicted of the murder charge, Gurley could be facing decades in prison, one of the serious consequence of causing a fatal accident while DUI. In October of this year, a Lebanon, Kentucky woman was found guilty of DUI murder and later sentenced to 50 years in prison. She will have to serve 30 percent of the sentence before she will be eligible for parole.
Since courts tend to give men harsher penalties for crimes than women, Gurley could be given even more time behind bars.
For the state of Kentucky, in 2009, the latest available statistics, 239 people were killed in drunken driving accidents; that represents 30 percent of all fatal collisions.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,885 people were killed nationwide I traffic accidents. Since 1982 when the NHTSA began tracking statics fatalities associated with drunk driving have decreased by 52 percent, but is still a continuing problem.
All states, including Kentucky take DUIs very seriously. For first time DUI offenders Kentucky courts can impose a jail sentence of 2 to 4 days along with license suspension between 30 and 120 days.
A second or third DUI within a five year period entails longer jail sentences which could be between 7 days to 12 months. An aggravated DUI charge adds to a possible jail term.
Those who have a second of above DUI charge may also be required to install an interlock ignition device which requires a person to blow before they go. These devices add a monthly recalibration fee onto the fines and penalties imposed on a convicted DUI driver.
Many people arrested for DUI just don’t realize how drunk they are when they get behind the wheel, and others just don’t think about the consequences of their actions. Few people think they will cause a fatal accident, but it happens far too often.
And with the holidays approaching, more Kentucky drivers will make the mistake of driving under the influence. For a tragedy- free holiday, Kentucky drivers should stay where they are until they sober up, call a cab or designate a driver if they plan to drink.