An all-too-common misconception among some Minneapolis residents is that the consequences of drunk driving are pretty minor and are mostly the result of nosy police officers or potentially amusing fender-benders. In reality, drunk driver accidents exact a terrible toll, with hundreds of Minnesotans injured or killed each year.
A reminder of the mighty toll that drunk driving can take comes from a community north of Minneapolis. A 17-year-old high school student was killed in what authorities described as a drunk driving accident. According to police, the student was driving his sister and a friend in a passenger car on the evening of February 9 when their car collided with a pickup truck driven by a 34-year-old man. The 17-year-old was killed in the crash, while his passengers and the driver of the pickup were injured.