Long holiday weekends in the United States are defined by memorable gatherings with friends and family. Unfortunately, one woman did not make it to her destination this Memorial Day after a tragic accident in Pembroke Pines.
Heading westbound on Sheridan Street just before 11:30 p.m, the driver lost control of her car, crashing into a palm tree dividing the roadway.
It is unclear when the fire that engulfed the car began, but it was underway when police arrived at the accident site. The fire department was called to put out the flames and the woman was found dead inside the vehicle. She did not have anyone else in the car with her.
The Pembroke Pines Police Department released a statement to the media regarding what took place on Sheridan Street and NW 136th Avenue. Authorities believed that the woman may have been driving under the influence of alcohol and was driving much faster than the speed limit permitted in the area.
Holidays & DUIs
While something like this can happen at any time, this fatality underscores the importance of alternatives to getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated during a holiday weekend. It is unknown whether the woman had been coming from a Memorial Day festivity, but DUIs tend to increase around holidays.
According to metrics, there’s a significant increase in the number of drunk driving fatalities around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. However, the same mentality that engenders this trend in November and December is not exclusive to that part of the calendar.
Sheridan Street was closed overnight to the public and reopened for transit the following morning.
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