Two drivers were injured in a New York City car accident that resulted in the both vehicles crashing into scaffolding. According to an NBC news report, the crash occurred at 48th Street and Sixth Avenue near Rockefeller Center. Officials say an 88-year-old man was driving while intoxicated when he lost control of his Cadillac and crashed into another vehicle. The two cars then careened into scaffolding that was in place to prevent a building from collapsing. Both drivers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and the responsible driver was charged with DWI, assault, reckless impairment and criminal mischief.
Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 8,461 police-reported crashes in the year 2011 that were alcohol-related. In those accidents, 362 people were killed and 6,121 were injured.