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OUR VIEW: Violent crash could have been much worse

It's been nearly a month and a half since a violent crash occurred in a Mitchell residential neighborhood.

At 11:30 a.m. on June 3, a man drove 93 mph down Sixth Avenue. His vehicle struck trees, rolled multiple times and eventually came to rest near Burr Street.

Not surprisingly, police say alcohol and drugs were involved. His blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit to drive.

The scene of the crash was horrific — Broken beer bottles. Pieces of the 2006 Chevy Trailblazer scattered.

By the grace of God, there was one victim. One injury. My, how that could have been different.

The driver of the vehicle sustained life-threatening injuries. He's been charged with five misdemeanors, but worse, lost his sight and has had extensive surgeries from other injuries due to the crash.

We agree with the recommendation from investigators to charge the driver with a list of misdemeanors. As Davison County State's Attorney Jim Miskimins said, "He's already done more damage to himself than the court system ever could dream about."

It's a miracle, really, that no one else was hurt.

We've spoken with witnesses and know people who were nearly missed just seconds before the crash happened. Remember, this was in a residential area — a place where kids were playing outside, churchgoers returning from Sunday morning service and houses lined up and down the street.

After reading the police investigation materials, we thought of other alcohol-involved local crashes that hurt innocent victims — some resulting in fatalities. We thought about the victim's families and wondered why those crashes ended in more heartache.

We hope people take notice, though. This is the consequence of drinking and driving. Someone almost always gets injured.

On this June morning, we were all lucky. Lives were spared.