Marijuana has been blamed as the primary culprit in a tragic auto accident that left one mom dead and her infant son seriously injured.
The news comes by way of Fox 8, which reports that Debra Majkut was in her home sitting on a couch while her infant son was in a bouncer next to her when a marijuana-impaired driver crashed through the wall, hitting her and 5-month-old baby Jaxon.
While the accident occurred at the end of July, it wasn’t until this month when toxicology reports were made public for 23-year-old Adrianna M. Young of Ohio, and marijuana was blamed as her major impairment. The accident occurred in Amherst, Ohio.
Majkut was 34-years-old at the time of the accident. She also had an 11-year-old son, Jacob, who was in the house, but was unharmed at the time of the incident. Neighbors responding to the scene were able to lift the car so that Jacob could pull his baby brother to safety.
Jaxon, according to the GoFundMe fundraiser created in the family’s honor, was life-flighted to a hospital where he continues to receive care in preparation for surgery.
It is not known at this time the extent to which he will be able to recover. The family received substantial damage to the home and continues to rack up medical expenses while dealing with the costs of Debra’s funeral.
Thus far, there has been an outpouring of support on GoFundMe of close to $10,000 raised (out of $20,000 sought — final expenses will likely be much more).
Young has not released a statement for her involvement in the tragedy. Police at the time said she had lost control of the Toyota Camry she was driving.
Opposing Views reported on Wednesday that Young tested positive for marijuana.
Some Facebookers were angry at OV‘s reporting because of the implication that marijuana should be blamed for the incident.
“The obvious complete fail of this story is that Marijuana stays in the system for up to 72 days after it is used,” wrote one commenter. “As there is NO reliable test presently accepted to determine if someone is presently under the influence this is no more than a tragic accident being crafted by d*****bags to appear marijuana related.”
“Why is this even news?” wrote another pro-marijuana commenter. “Is it because it’s a first? We can’t even count the alcohol related deaths. And it’s perfectly legal.”
Still, an opposing commenter, answering this point, said it was news “because a mother lost her life due to a driver that was high!”
“It is news because many here are trying to defend the driver instead of the dead mother! That’s why it is news,” he added.
What do you think, readers? Is it fair that some believe marijuana should be blamed for causing this tragic incident? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
[Image via GoFundMe, linked above]