Drinking and driving has once again claimed a life, the little life of 5 month old Drake Bigler, son of Southwest Minnesota State Men’s Basketball Head Coach.
Thirty eight year old David A. Schoen drove his pickup truck directly into the vehicle that was occupied by little Drake Bigler among others. Sources say that Schoen was extraordinarily drunk on the Saturday evening that the collision took place.
Incident reports revealed that Schoen blew a 0.351 blood alcohol level following the collision that claimed the life of the infant boy and injured several of his family members, including the infant’s mother who was driving at the time.
Schoen’s blood alcohol level (.351) was more than four times the nationwide legal limit, not to mention the Minnesota legal limit.
Schoen faces several charges, including one count of aggravated drunken driving and at least three counts of vehicular manslaughter.
Although a young man Schoen has a history of drinking and driving, replete with convictions. In 2000 he was convicted of gross-misdemeanor drunken driving and in 2005 he was convicted for drunken driving. Both convictions concern blood alcohol levels in excess of .025, three times greater than the nationwide legal limit. Additionally, Schoen has convictions for speeding and reckless driving.
Schoen knew that he was very intoxicated. According to state troopers, he stated to the arresting state trooper that he had a few drinks and knew he would not pass the preliminary blood alcohol test.
State troopers also observed many beer cans in and out of Schoen’s vehicle, including opened and closed containers.
Currently, Schoen is being held in the Douglas County jail.
Drake’s mother, 29 year old Heather Bigler, was the driver of the vehicle that he was in when the collision occurred. She tried to desperately to avoid Schoen’s vehicle by swerving into the southbound lane when he crossed the center line and the vehicles nevertheless hit head-on anyway. Heather suffered some injuries, but all non-critical.
Meanwhile, Drake’s father, 33 year old Brad Bigler, head coach of the Southwest Minnesota State Men’s Basketball team was in the vehicle that Schoen hit. He is currently in the hospital, recovering from his broken scapula and several broken ribs.
Heather’s grandmother, Sharon Schuler was in the vehicle as well and among the injured. She is hospitalized after suffering several broken bones.
The Biglers have two other children who were not injured and not in the vehicle at the time of the collision.
Original article: startribune.com
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