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Wrong way driver involved in Belt Parkway fatal accident had previously been busted twice for drunken driving
As personal injury attorneys who have represented victims in drunk driving accidents, it is disheartening to read about the fatal crash on the Belt Parkway caused by a wrong-way driver who had two prior DWI convictions. Winston Ramdeen, a 52-year-old, drove the wrong way on the Belt Parkway, resulting in the deaths of both himself and the 79-year-old man he collided with. Ramdeen had previously been arrested for drunk driving in 2014 and was scheduled to appear in court in a few days for sentencing related to a another prior DWI accident that occurred in 2021.
While it is understandable that a judge may not have seen fit to lock up the defendant on a misdemeanor conviction, it is the responsibility of prosecutors to ensure that the defendant does not pose a danger to others while awaiting sentencing. One possible solution that could have been explored was setting conditions for the defendant’s release that would have prevented him from getting behind the wheel. For instance, the court could have ordered the defendant to install an ignition interlock device in his car, which would have required him to blow into a breathalyzer before starting the engine. This would have ensured that he was not driving while under the influence of alcohol.
It is essential that we hold accountable those responsible for drunk driving accidents, whether they result in injury or death
As a society, we need to do more to prevent drunk driving accidents. This includes holding drunk drivers accountable and ensuring that repeat offenders are not allowed to continue to put innocent lives at risk. It also means supporting and implementing policies that promote public safety and deter individuals from driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We must all work together to ensure that tragedies like this do not occur in the future.