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Once again, the reckless and irresponsible decision of an intoxicated individual to get behind the wheel has resulted in an innocent life lost.

A 2003 Lexus carrying two people was heading west on Saxis Road when a 1999 Mustang veered into the westbound lane and caused a horrific crash.

The passenger in the Lexus, Lenwood Bowen, was rushed to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland, but it was too late – he died due to the severity of his injuries, according to

Melissa Johnson, the driver of the Lexus, was taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital with injuries.  Fortunately, she appears to be on the path to recovery.

Our sympathies go out to the Bowen family. It’s never easy losing someone you love, but it has to be gut-wrenching to discover your loved one’s life was taken in a car wreck. It also has to be infuriating to know that this tragic crash probably could have been avoided, if only the Mustang driver did not drive while intoxicated.

Police charged the driver of the Mustang with driving under the influence.

Far too many Virginians suffer life-altering injuries, or wind up losing their lives, in drunk driving accidents. The Virginia DMV reported that, in 2012, nearly 230 people were killed in drunk driving wrecks and close to 6,000 people suffered injuries.

These numbers are simply unacceptable. Driving while intoxicated cannot be tolerated. If you or a friend enjoy one too many beverages, take the simple step of calling a cab and have at least one designated driver. There’s even easy-to-use Apps where you can get a cab within 10 minutes. In today’s world, there’s really no excuse to be driving while under the influence.

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