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DUI accident can cause hardships at anytime

by Jill Eichhorn - email

(FOX19) - Last year there were nearly 900 alcohol-related car accidents in Hamilton County.  With New Year's a few days away, police say it's a good reminder that alcohol-related crashes can happen anytime, anywhere.

Last Tuesday, Roger Simpson was driving his sons home from basketball practice when police say a drunk driver crossed Delhi Pike and hit him head-on.

"At seven in the evening you would not expect to get hit by a drunk driver, I don't think, at that time," said family friend Elaine Harris.

 Roger has a shattered heel, broken rib, leg and knee.

Nine-year-old Zach has a possible spine fracture and facial injuries, while his older brother, Roger, is dealing with emotional pain.

"Especially in the case like the Simpsons' crash, there are real victims involved," said Officer Bill Murphy with the Delhi Police.  "This person who was charged didn't intend to hurt anyone, although that'd be true, there are consequences and this person looks at being charged with a felony."

Delhi Police are part of Hamilton County's OVI task force, a group of agencies funded with a federal grant to put more officers on the road to cut down on drunk drivers.  Within the past few years, the number of drunk driving-related crashes has decreased.

"We will be out there on New Year's Eve.  We will be out until 4 or 5 in the morning.  But really it would be nice if we didn't have to exist at all," said Officer Mark Ziegler.

Roger Simpson will have surgery to repair his heel and leg and will be out of work--unpaid--while he recovers.

The visible scars, and those unseen on Zach and Roger must also heal. 

 "It's affected a whole entire family and a whole entire community because of someone's poor decision to get behind a wheel," said Harris.

If you've been drinking, there are some services like MADD's Care Cab that are available to take people home within the 275 loop. 

According to Elaine, the driver who struck the Simpsons vehicle was uninsured.  The Simpson's have an account set up at Fifth Third Bank under the name Roger Simpson.

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