Driver impairment by drugs has been increasing in nature over the last few years. While the drugs typically used by these drug-impaired drivers varies wildly, among the most common include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth.
Another source of driver impairment that seems less frequent is that of “huffing.” Huffing is a term used to describe the inhalation of various household products and industrial products whose vapors, when inhaled, produce a “high.”
There have been various incidents of drivers in the Chicago area driving while impaired by drug use. Many of these incidents have led to accidents, some of which resulted in serious injuries or fatalities. Some of these accidents have been summarized in posts found under the “DUI” category.
As well, there have been various accidents that occur after a driver loses control of the vehicle after huffing.
Recently, there was a fatal accident in St. Louis involving a driver who allegedly had been huffing previous to losing control of his vehicle. The vehicle hit a woman on a nearby sidewalk. The woman suffered fatal injuries.
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the driver of the vehicle and other parties.
This fatal pedestrian accident is discussed in the December 18, 2020 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article titled “Parent of victim in fatal crash…”
An excerpt from the article:
The parents of an urgent care employee killed by a driver accused of “huffing” inhalants and losing control of his vehicle have filed suit against the driver, his parents and their daughter’s employer.
Marissa Politte, 25, was struck on Oct. 18 by an SUV operated by Trenton Geiger, 20, while she was walking on the sidewalk in front of the Total Access Urgent Care at 2501 Clarkson Road in Ballwin. Politte, of Ballwin, worked at the facility as a radiologic technologist. Geiger, who had more than a dozen types of suspected drug paraphernalia in his vehicle at the time of the crash, according to a search warrant in the case, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence.
Additional details on these subjects can be seen in the sources mentioned above.
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