On February 5, 2017, Firefighters with the Indianapolis Fire Department were called to a motor vehicle collision taking place near the intersection of 46th Street and North Ritter Avenue. An eyewitness claimed that the driver of the vehicle struck a gully with the vehicle, which sent the vehicle airborne before it flipped numerous times. When emergency responders arrived on the scene, the man and woman who were in the front seat were thought to have been dead, although fire department paramedics use of Narcan reversed the effects of the suspected heroin overdose and helped to revive both front seat passengers. In addition to the two revived passengers, an infant was in the back seat of the vehicle and an eyewitness at the scene acted promptly to make sure the child was safe. Fortunately, the infant sustained no injuries from the collision. However, in spite of the alleged overdose likely causing this collision, investigators are still determining whether charges will be brought against the front seat passengers under the influence during the collision.
Departing from a trend observed by Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services Chief of private use of heroin and other narcotics within homes, this collision demonstrates the growing concerns of opioid addiction such as use in dangerous situations when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. In addition to criminal penalties, drug use while operating vehicle or other potentially dangerous activities can lead to civil liability to those injured as a result. If you or a loved one are injured as a result of the negligence of another, contact the experienced legal team at Schiller Law at IndyInjured.com or by calling 888-578-3100 for a free consultation and case evaluation.