The tragic story has an all too familiar ring. In May 2011, two young women, ages 20 and 22, leave work and head toward a bar in the Florida Panhandle. The younger one was not yet of legal age to drink, though she was driving the vehicle in which both women rode. At the drinking establishment, the Red Door Saloon, the older woman purchased shots that they both consumed in the bathroom before they headed off into the morning. The tragic consequences soon added to the statistics kept for fatal car accidents in our state.
The crash occurred in Destin at about 4:30 in the morning. The younger of the two got behind the wheel of the car once more as they left the bar. She later explained that she thought someone was following them and turned to look. That caused the vehicle to veer off the roadway and strike a utility pole. The passenger was killed in the accident, and the driver was charged criminally after a test established that her blood/alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit in Florida.