Dr. Conrad De Jesus, a respected, local Evansville doctor, was seriously injured this week while jogging on the Greenway. De Jesus was hit by Owensboro, Kentucky, resident Travis K. Cox, who was found to have a 0.27 percent blood alcohol content.
The legal blood alcohol content in Indiana is 0.08.
According to the Evansville Courier and Press, Cox left Scores Nightclub around 8:30 p.m., began doing “donuts” on Riverside Drive, lost control, and plowed into the pedestrian Greenway. De Jesus was sent to the intensive care unit at Deaconess Hospital with life-threatening injures.
Cox left the scene of the accident and was later found to have crashed into a drainage ditch. He was being held at the Vanderburgh County Jail on a bond of $5,000.
So far this year, Evansville has seen several serious DUI accidents. One this year took the life of an innocent Reitz High School student. Year after year, the residents of Indiana wake up to read these stories in their local newspapers; it is time for a change. Some people have proposed tougher drinking and driving laws. Groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) have been leading the charge for decades, advocating for stricter drunk driving laws.