For many people in Pennsylvania and across the United States, December is a time filled with food, family and celebrations. Because alcohol can flow at social events, it is imperative that anyone who consumes alcohol does not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Unfortunately, the death of a police officer in another state appears to underscore the dangers of drunken driving after he lost his life due to work-related injuries.
The incident that reportedly led to the officer's death is said to have happened on Christmas Eve. According to reports, the 33-year-old patrol officer was sitting in the passenger seat of a police-owned sports utility vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of an interstate. Police say that the SUV was struck in the rear by a driver who was drunk and may have been under the influence of marijuana.
The police officer died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident. Another officer on the scene also suffered minor injuries while the other driver was seriously injured. The deceased police officer leaves behind three young children.
The death of a loved one is never an easy event but can be especially difficult when it occurs during the holiday season. Because families often depend on their deceased loved one's income to make ends meet and must also provide for funeral expenses, they often wonder how they will meet their financial obligations. Because of the harm that work-related injuries can cause -- even when they do not result in a fatality -- employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage; experienced professionals are available in Pennsylvania to help those who deserve such benefits with the compensation process.
Source: ABC News, "CHP officer killed as patrol car hit by drunken driver", Sudhin Thanawala, Dec. 25, 2017