Police say 38-year-old Heather Gonsalves:
- Got drunk, then got in her car despite having a suspended license
- Hit a parked car
- Hit an 85-year-old woman
- Left the crime scene
- Came back
- Almost ran over a firefighter
- Refused to stop for a police officer
- Went the wrong way down a one-way street
- When police finally stopped her, she was still drinking in the car
Why is it so important to use the right language? From CrashNotAccident.com:
Before the labor movement, factory owners would say "it was an accident" when American workers were injured in unsafe conditions.Despite it all being totally accidental, for some reason police are charging Gonsalves with:
Before the movement to combat drunk driving, intoxicated drivers would say "it was an accident" when they crashed their cars.
Planes don’t have accidents. They crash. Cranes don’t have accidents. They collapse. And as a society, we expect answers and solutions.
Traffic crashes are fixable problems, caused by dangerous streets and unsafe drivers. They are not accidents. Let’s stop using the word "accident" today.
- Leaving the scene of personal injury
- Operating a car under the influence of alcohol
- Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
- Operating after suspension of license
- Failing to stop for a police officer
- Leaving the scene of property damage
- Assault with a dangerous weapon
- Possession of an open container of alcohol on a public way