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Wisconsin drunk driving accidents continue to cause injuries

Though the dangers of drunken driving have been shown in study after study and though the criminal penalties for driving drunk have risen steadily over the years, there are still irresponsible Wisconsin drivers who get behind the wheel when they're intoxicated.

Another case of an allegedly drunken driver causing a car accident came to our attention recently.

That car crash happened this past weekend on state Hwy. 35 near the interstate highway bridge in Buffalo County. It was there that a 31-year-old woman from Hammond, Wisconsin, allegedly crossed the centerline just after two in the morning and slammed head-on into an oncoming car driven by a 32-year-old man from Winona, Minnesota.

He had a 41-year-old male passenger, also from Winona.

The two were taken by helicopter to a La Crosse hospital. Their injuries were reported at the time as severe. They were both later upgraded to good condition.

They had been trapped inside the car, which lay in a ditch, before responders extricated them.

At the scene, the woman reportedly said a friend had been driving her van when it crashed. That friend fled, she claimed.

She later reportedly admitted to police officers that she'd been behind the wheel.

The newspaper reports that a bar employee told authorities that he saw the suspect leaving the bar alone just after closing time.
She was tested for alcohol at the scene; her blood alcohol level was 0.125 percent, according to the Winona Daily News.

While a criminal court might find her guilty of driving drunk and causing injuries, that finding won't pay for the medical expenses those men are incurring right now and might be racking up for months or even years to come.

In similar cases, accident injury victims will pursue a negligent, drunken driver in civil court, getting full compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and more.

Source: Winona Daily News: "Woman charged in head-on crash that injured two" by Amy Pearson: Sept. 20, 2011

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