Alcohol was factor in pedestrian/ semi accidentThe Minnesota State Patrol say alcohol was a factor in the accident that killed a man walking on Highway 33 near Walmart in the early hours of the morning Aug. 4.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
The Minnesota State Patrol say alcohol was a factor in the accident that killed a man walking on Highway 33 near Walmart in the early hours of the morning Aug. 4.
The semi driver was not drinking. However, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension tests showed the deceased pedestrian, Eugene Sam, 55, of Duluth, had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.24, which is three times the legal limit (0.08) in Minnesota.
Sam was walking on Highway 33 in Cloquet when he was struck by a semi and fatally injured at approximately 2:47 a.m. Aug. 4. The day after the accident, Minnesota State Patrol Captain Steve Stromback said officers believed the semi struck Sam in the left lane of northbound Highway 33, about a quarter mile away from the Gillette Road entrance to Walmart. Although the state patrol was unsure whether Sam was crossing the road or walking in the driving lane, he was not in a marked crosswalk.
According to the University of Oklahoma police website, at a level of 0.20 BAC a person will likely feel dazed/confused or otherwise disoriented and may need help to stand or walk. Blackouts are likely at this level. At 0.25 BAC, “all mental, physical and sensory functions are severely impaired.” People this intoxicated have an increased risk of asphyxiation from choking on vomit and of serious injury from falls or other accidents.
Sam was declared dead at the accident scene.
No charges were filed against the semi driver, Shawn Anderson, 36, of Bertha, Minn.