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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Alleged Drunk Driver Kills Bicyclist

Courtesy Orange County Sheriff's Department

Time and time again we all witness the horror of drugs and alcohol when mixed with driving. There is no amount of television advertisements that can prove to people the dangers of getting behind the wheel intoxicated, in an instant the lives of multiple people are changed forever. Everyday people make the conscious decision to put their life and the lives of others at risk because they think that driving under the influence is not that big of a deal. Well, it is a big deal as can be seen by police reports that a Newport Beach motorist who was just 22 years of age and had received more than a dozen traffic tickets in the last five years allegedly hit a bicyclist while driving drunk in Newport Coast on Monday night.

Apparently the DMV did not recognize the warning signs that Danae Marie Miller was not capable of being responsible behind the wheel and a life was lost as a result. Obviously, the DMV is not responsible for the man who lost his life riding along San Joaquin Road on Spyglass hill, but, it is hard not to feel like this could have been avoided if Miller's license had been revoked already. According to court records, Miller had been cited a total of 16 times for alleged traffic violations, clearly identifying her as a problem driver one who was unsafe on the road. The Daily Pilot reports that Miller received six tickets for speeding or driving too fast for conditions each year between 2005 and 2009, a ticket in 2006 for driving the wrong way on a street, a failure to stop at a stop sign in 2007, and tickets in 2009 and 2010 for talking on her cell phone while speeding.

Newport Beach Police Officer Rachel Johnson told reporters that Miller failed a field sobriety test, a standard test given to drivers who are suspected of being involved in a fatal crash. The man who lost his life that horrible day was Amine Britel, 41. We will be following this story as more develops and our heart goes out to Mr. Britel's family.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call investigator Todd Bush at (949) 644-3746

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, don't wait for a death to seek help.

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