Parents should be responsible when they are taking care of their children. They have to make sure not to place them in danger and should take extra precautions to guarantee their safety.
It’s part of being a good parent.
But that is apparently not what a 32-year-old Orlando woman was doing, according to media report. Law enforcement officials say she was driving drunk with her children in the car. On December 22, Sally Quirk was driving on State Road 520 in Orlando around 6 p.m. when she hit a teenage pedestrian who was walking across the street. Quirk did not offer the teenager assistance and drove away from the scene.
A few minutes later, Quirk was still driving on State Road 520 when she ran a red light and collided with two vehicles. She had her two daughters, ages 4 and 5, in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Law enforcement officials arrived at the scene and conducted a field sobriety test on Quirk. They say her blood alcohol level measured .232, nearly three times the legal limit. She was arrested and taken to the Brevard County Jail. She was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crash, running a red light and child endangerment. A judge set her bond at $63,500, and she was forbidden from consuming alcohol. She also was not allowed to operate a motor vehicle. During a preliminary hearing, Quirk said he needed to drive a vehicle to attend classes at Eastern Florida State College, where she was working a bachelor’s degree. The judge denied the request.
One of the daughters was taken to Cape Canaveral Hospital with serious injuries, but was later released. The other child only suffered minor injuries. The Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident and placed the children under the care of a family member.
The pedestrian that was hit, 17-year-old Sharon Kirk, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver or a hit and run incident, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. immediately at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
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Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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