A 32-year-old husband and father of two, Jeffrey Whelan, died in an automobile accident on Monday, April 23, in what Pennsylvania State Police believe was an accident involving alcohol, according to Patch.com's Media, Pennsylvania, outlet.
The report said the crash took place a few hours after midnight in the Chester Heights Borough on Valleybrook Road. The longtime Middleton Township resident was driving eastbound in his 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck, when he veered off the right side of the road and hit a guardrail. The car kept moving until it collided with a tree and flipped over, reported the news source.
The victim was thrown out of his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Whelan's obituary, he grew up in Media, Pennsylvania, which is located 12 miles west of Philadelphia in Delaware County, and attended Penncrest High School, from which he graduated in 1997.
In the Keystone State, there were 12,426 alcohol-related accidents in 2010, and of these, 459 resulted in fatalities. Almost 75 percent of people involved in drunk driving crashes were males, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
It is always important to exercise caution when operating a vehicle. Driving under the influence can lead to accidents, jail time and fines. DUI accidents and non-alcohol related automobile accidents are serious incidents, which often require medical treatment for injuries ranging from neck injuries to back injuries.
If you have been arrested for a DUI or involved in a car crash, you may benefit from a consultation with a car accident and injury lawyer. He or she can assess your claim, try your case in a court of law and help you collect damages that you may be entitled to.