Closing Argument Excerpt - DUI Case

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Was there negligence on the part of the defendant that was a legal cause of damage to plaintiff? The evidence has shown clearly and convincingly that defendant, sixteen years old, a minor, in violation of the law went to a party and intentionally consumed alcoholic beverages, became impaired with alcohol, and got behind that wheel drunk.

And when he got behind the wheel drunk, he turned that big Chrysler into a weapon of destruction. He came down south A1A going at least a minimum of sixty-five to seventy miles an hour, fishtailing down the road in the rain, slid across the center line, and hit plaintiff, killing himself and very nearly killing her, ruining her life for the rest of her life.

When defendant got behind the wheel impaired by alcohol, it was a death sentence for him, and it was a life sentence for plaintiff. You've seen the tip of the iceberg of it, but a life of pain, suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish that have kept her from enjoying life in the past and severely impair her ability to enjoy it in the future.

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