Speeding and driving under influence still remain the two major causes for accidents that in many cases end up fatal for both those who decide to sit behind the wheel and completely innocent victims in such cases. The data shows that despite authorities’ efforts, the number of this type of cases is still on the rise across the country.
What sounds the alarm is the rising number of minors involved in these fatal cases and in today’s case, the mother, an apparent alcohol addict, is the one who killed her little son in such case.
According to the police report, the mother is accused for killing her toddler after running over him in their driveway moments after she allegedly drank some alcohol in her vehicle. The 34-year-old J. Raymond fatally struck her 3-year-old son while pulling into the driveway in her Connecticut home.
The accident took place year and a half ago when she came back home after running errands. The boy and his father were preparing to go for a walk in the area and the father had left him alone in the yard for a couple of minutes. During the little boy was waiting for his father to get out of the apartment and go for a walk, Raymond got into the driveway and fatally struck the toddler.
Raymond’s husband found his son laying down on the driveway and he was excessively bleeding from the left side of his face. The father was screaming for help and flagged down a state trooper who was crossing in the area. He said to the trooper that his son was hit by a vehicle that his wife was driving and needed help.
The 39-year-old father was repeatedly yelling at Raymond: “You hit him with the car, you hit him with the car. Why did you hit him with the car.”
The responding trooper started questioning Raymond. She claimed that she was unaware that she hit her son, because she was distracted for a few seconds. Reportedly, the distraction was caused by the groceries and a bottle of Jack Daniels that had fallen into her vehicle after hitting a bump in the driveway.
According to court documents, the responding officer noticed a half-pint of Jägermeister in Raymond’s purse. When asked about the Jägermeister, she confessed to drinking more than a half of the half-pint bottle around 200ft before entering the driveway.
Raymond underwent a laboratory testing and the blood alcohol report showed that the defendant had a 0.000g% (BAC) ethanol by weight at the time of the accident. It remained unclear how the results showed no alcohol in her blood when she confessed of drinking some just moments before the accident.
The 3-year-old boy was transported to a local hospital with severe injuries and was later pronounced dead.
Swabs from the “left front quarter panel” of Raymond’s vehicle tested positive for the boy’s DNA.
Raymond was consuming medicines such as Cymbola, Valium and Adderal due to mental health problems and also had drug issues in the past, according to a neighbor. The neighbor also described Raymond as a “social drinker.” The blood test did detect some of those medications, but it could not determine if it caused Raymond to be impaired when the crash occurred.
Raymond is charged with negligent homicide with a vehicle for the death of her 3-year-old son earlier this month, more than a year and a half after the incident and she was held in jail on a $20,000 bail.