A Bowling Green State University assistant football coach, William Durkin, was arrested for drunk driving last Saturday morning just before 3 a.m. on Interstate 75.
The Ohio Highway State Patrol has also reported that at 11:20 a.m. that same day, he hit another driver at Hull Prairie Road and Five Point Road in Perrysburg. Durkin’s car hit a tree and the other driver’s car struck a stop sign.
The second accident was at the fault of the other driver, but Durkin was cited for driving under a suspended license due to the OVI earlier that day.
BGSU’s Athletic Director Christ Kingston has sent the follow statement to local news station, 13abc, regarding the incident:
“This is inconsistent with what we believe in as an athletic department, and my hope is that this will become a teachable moment.”
Durkin is on leave as BGSU investigates the situation. Once complete, the school will make a decision regarding Durkin’s status with the athletic department.
This situations serves as a reminder of not only the risks that impaired driving has toward your safety and the safety of others, but also to a person’s career and well-being. As the Athletic Director stated, this will serve as a teachable moment, reminding the university’s football team of the consequences that impaired driving can have.
Impaired driving can affect someone’s life in many ways. We urge readers to never get behind the wheel after drinking, and if they find themselves in a situation in which a loved one is about to do the same, they must do whatever is in their power to prevent it from happening.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a drunk driver, call our Ohio car accident attorneys at 800.637.8170. Our legal team can answer any questions that you may have and give a free case evaluation.