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Schwenksville Drugged Driving Injures Man Mowing Lawn

Megan Rossi had Nordiazepam, Oxazepam, Clonazepam, Alprazplam, Oxycodone, and 7-Amino Clonazepam in her system when she drove off the road and struck a man mowing his lawn, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

While none of these drugs are illegal drugs like marijuana or cocaine, Rossi still faces drugged driving charges and could see jail time for critically injuring the victim.

Rossi, a 24-year-old woman from Schwenksville, allegedly consumed the cocktail of prescription drugs before she got behind the wheel of her Buick Rendezvous, reports the Inquirer. As she was driving, Rossi apparently lost control of her car, slammed through a fence, and drove onto a lawn striking a man mowing his lawn.

The victim was not identified, but he was reportedly thrown onto the hood of the car before Rossi struck a flower bed. The man was taken to a Philadelphia hospital and is reportedly still in serious condition "where he is only able to communicate by blinking his eyes," reports the Inquirer.

For injuring the man while driving under the influence of drugs, Rossi could face a felony of the third degree charge and up to seven years in jail.

Unlike driving under the influence of alcohol, there is no specific blood-drug level where someone is deemed under the influence of prescription drugs. Instead, someone is considered intoxicated if they have any amount of drugs in their system that makes them incapable of driving safely.

Megan Rossi clearly was in no state to drive safely and now she could go to jail for a long time for the Schwenksville drugged driving.

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