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One-year-old critically injured in Brooklyn DWI accident

Location of the Brooklyn DWI AccidentAs Brooklyn personal injury lawyers, it is both heartbreaking and frustrating to witness preventable tragedies like yesterday’s crash in Brownsville, that left a one-year-old child in critical condition.

Yesterday evening, 28-year-old Natalie Leonard was driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08%, the legal limit in New York. She ran two red lights and collided with another vehicle at Dumont Avenue. In the passenger seat was a 21-year-old mother holding her one-year-old son, who was not in a car seat. Both were unrestrained, leading to severe consequences when the crash occurred. The child suffered a skull fracture and was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital, where he remains in critical but stable condition.

Legal Ramifications

This accident resulted in several charges against Leonard, including reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, and driving while intoxicated. The driver of the other car, Leisel Renaud, was also charged with driving with a suspended license.

Key Takeaways

  • Impaired Driving: Driving under the influence is not only illegal but incredibly dangerous. Even at the legal limit, alcohol impairs judgment and reaction times. This case underscores the need for zero tolerance when it comes to drinking and driving.
  • Child Safety Seats: New York law requires that children under four years old use a federally approved car seat. This regulation is in place to protect the most vulnerable passengers. Holding a child in your arms, no matter how secure it may feel, is incredibly dangerous and illegal. A car seat could have significantly mitigated the injuries sustained by the child in this accident.
  • Seat Belts: Seat belts save lives. The mother in this incident was not wearing one, which not only put her at greater risk but also her child. Ensuring everyone in the vehicle is buckled up is a simple yet crucial step in preventing injuries.
  • Legal Responsibilities: Both drivers in this case face serious charges, highlighting the legal consequences of neglecting road safety laws. Whether it’s driving under the influence or operating a vehicle without a valid license, these actions have severe repercussions.

If you or a loved one has been affected by a traffic accident, seeking legal counsel is crucial. At our firm, our Brooklyn personal injury attorneys are committed to fighting for the rights of victims and ensuring that justice is served. Let’s work together to make our roads safer for everyone.