University of Kentucky Student Charged With DUI After Fatal Crash
On Monday, a 4-year-old boy who was hit by a car in Lexington on Saturday afternoon passed away at UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
According to police, the incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Cooper Drive and Scoville Road.
The driver of the car has been identified as 18-year-old Jacob Heil, a freshman at the University of Kentucky. According to the arrest citation, Heil had “a strong odor of alcoholic beverages, red blood shot watery eyes and showed signs of impairment on field sobriety tests.”
Police say the victim was standing on the side of the road with his family when Heil’s vehicle struck him while driving east on Cooper.
Heil was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence and could face additional charges. He is due in court on Wednesday, September 19 for an arraignment.
As of Tuesday, September 18, it is still unclear how the 18-year-old Heil was able to obtain alcohol before the crash.
Liability For DUI Accidents in Kentucky
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps the families of drunk driving victims find justice. We’ve asked him to add some thoughts on liability for drunk driving accidents in Kentucky:
The families of fatal DUI accident victims have the right to take legal action against the individual responsible for causing the crash. Additionally, Kentucky and many other states have dram shop laws which allow alcohol vendors to be held liable for these accidents in certain situations.
According to Kentucky’s dram shop laws, alcohol vendors and their employees can be held liable for alcohol-related injuries if they served alcohol to the person responsible for causing the injuries, and that person was either visibly intoxicated or under 21 years of age.
This means that an adult who provided alcohol to a teen drunk driver who injured or killed others in an accident can be held liable if the victim or their family files a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
If you or someone you love was recently hit by a drunk driver and you’d like to learn more about your legal options, we advise speaking with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.