Not a Happy Mother’s Day for All

A high school teenager who had been in a collision with a drunken driver this past Thursday died in the hospital over the weekend.

Cody Bishop, 18, was driving his van near the intersection of Ray and Rural Roads in Chandler when he was struck by a Chevy pickup around 10:15 p.m. Thursday night.

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Police said the driver of the truck, Steven Landrum, 23, was driving at 80 to 90 miles per hour on a road with a 45-mph speed limit. The vehicles collided and the teenager’s vehicle rolled several times.

Eighteen-year-old Bishop received severe brain injuries and was flown to a nearby hospital that Thursday night, where he remained on life support until Saturday night.

Bishop died Sunday morning when his body gave up and could no longer ward off the severity of his injuries. He was a senior at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe.

Landrum, who was hospitalized with minor injuries and later released, has been charged on suspicion of manslaughter and booked into a Maricopa County jail.

Chandler police said Landrum was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

This is a tragic example of how drinking and driving can ruin lives.

Bishop was just about to graduate high school and had his entire life left to live. Who knows what incredible journey he was about to embark on and where the future would have led him.

Similarly, Landrum’s decision to drink and drive has landed him in some serious trouble as well. He faces long-term jail time but more pressing is this young man’s death on his conscience for the rest of his life.

Please be smart about drinking and driving and know that it’s never worth it. And remember, even if you are sober, there very likely could be intoxicated drivers on the roads that you need to be weary of.

This is a sad example of how your decisions can have horrible consequences for others.

This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.