Miami, FL- A Miami Grandmother was on her way to church Monday night when she was struck by a drunken driver. Even though she was rushed to the hospital her injuries were catastrophic and she has gone to meet her maker.
Fannie Ash, 78, was devoted to her church and was heading to a revival service around 7 p.m. Monday evening. As the elderly mother of eight was crossing Northwest 12th Avenue heading to the Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church a pickup driver slammed into her, according to the Miami Herald.
Ash was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital but she was later pronounced dead. She was surrounded by her large family who offered comfort to each other after the tragic news.
The pickup truck driver fled from the scene, but he soon returned to take responsibility for his actions. Marty Levin Howard, 55, told CBS Miami that he drove home and told his son and daughter about what happened. Howard apparently raised his children to have morals since they convinced him to return to the scene of the accident and turn himself in.
The arrest report, which was obtained by CBS Miami stated that Howard approached an officer at the scene and said “Let me tell you something. I’m the one that was driving. I hit somebody.”
Howard explained to police that he left the scene because some people emerge from an apartment building with guns and fled the scene out of fear.
Howard told police Ash “jumped out of nowhere.” His eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol so police asked him to submit to a field sobriety test.
Howard was placed under arrest for DUI manslaughter.
A woman living in the apartments saw the accident from her second story window and told CBS that she yelled at Howard telling him to stop.
Ash’s son also heard the crash, telling reporters that he knew in his “heart” that what he heard involved his mother. When he ran outside, he saw his mother lying on the ground.
Ash will be missed in her close-knit community and church where she was well-known because she talked to everyone.
According to the Miami Herald, Howard has a long criminal record which includes charges for larceny, intoxicated driving and driving without a license.
Everybody makes mistakes and not all drunken drivers cause the death of another, but you never know when that is going to happen. No one should drink and drive, and if a person’s life is cut short by a DUI driver that driver should have to suffer the consequences.
Even though most people agree drinking and driving is wrong, thousands upon thousands of people are arrested each year and each one deserves the opportunity to present a defense on their behalf, it’s the cornerstone of the American justice system. With the help of a DUI attorney, a drunken driver will have a person advocating for their rights.