Last week a 70-year-old woman in a grey Kia struck a Fort Worth Police Deputy Marshal’s squad car head-on. The accident occurred at around 7:00 pm in Fort Worth in the 9000 block of N. Normandale Street. Luckily, the police officer did not face serious injuries. He was conscious at the scene and was taken to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The woman, Sanda Bloxom, was given a field sobriety test at the scene. Bloxom of White Settlement has two prior DWI convictions. Her first conviction was in February of 2000 for which she served 90 days in jail and was on probation for two years. Her second conviction in October of 2008 resulted in one year in jail and another 24 months of probation.
Bloxom has already been arrested on the charge of driving while intoxicated for the incident with the squad car. The charge is considered a 3rd degree felony due to her record. The senior citizen could be looking at a much longer jail sentence if convicted. Longer sentences for repeat offenders are made for cases similar to this one where someone consistently endangers the lives of others by driving while under the influence despite having faced serious consequences in the past.
What’s unusual here is the driver’s sex and age. Most drunk drivers are men in their teens to thirties. It’s unusual for a senior citizen, much less a woman, to have this kind of DWI record. It’s a reminder that the drunk driving problem spans all demographics. No matter what age, gender or ethnicity – everyone needs to take precautions against driving while intoxicated.
Don’t make assumptions based on background. If you see someone leaving a bar, restaurant, or party who is clearly intoxicated notify someone who can ensure that the individual will get home without getting behind the wheel. Even if it is your own grandmother who’s had too much to drink at a Thanksgiving dinner.