Articles Tagged with Drunk Driving

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After tearful testimony, a Virginia Beach man was sentenced for killing a woman in DUI crash.

In April 2016, a 23-year-old woman preparing to complete her first year of medical school lost her life to a drunk driver. Last month, the negligent driver was sentenced to 6 years in prison, and he will remain on probation once released.

Police said the 39-year-old man was driving a Toyota RAV4 when he rear-ended a Dodge Caravan stopped at a red light. The impact pushed the van into a car. Three people in the minivan, including the young woman were taken to the hospital. The woman died a short time later. The driver of the van and the rear-seat passenger were treated and released. The driver of the SUV was treated for minor injuries, while the driver of the car refused medical treatment.

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In February, four people were killed and one critically injured in a three-vehicle crash in Des Plaines, Illinois.

At the time of the fatal crash, police said the driver of a Mercedes was traveling in excess of 100 mph when he slammed into a Chevy Impala as it was turning in to a parking lot. The impact sent the Impala spinning nearly 200 feet, crashing into a Toyota Highlander. The impact was so severe nearly four feet of the front of the car was blown apart, according to reports. A couple and their 20-year-old daughter inside the Impala were killed. The couple leaves behind a 10-year-old son and a 15-year-old daughter. The driver of the Mercedes was also killed in the crash; his passenger survived with a traumatic brain injury. Two people in the Toyota suffered minor injuries.

An investigation later revealed that the Mercedes driver was actually driving 135 mph, and toxicology results showed he had a blood alcohol content almost three-times the legal limit. It was also determined that he had received at least nine tickets for speeding and other offenses in the past five years. Despite his license being suspended four times, he managed to narrowly avoid automatic revocation.

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Last April, a 24-year-old woman decided to drink and drive. After hitting a pedestrian, she then chose to leave the scene of the accident. When she was later apprehended, the woman chose to lie about the crash.

On April 10, 2016, the woman crashed her vehicle into the east side of a concrete barrier, according to police. She then hit a 21-year-old young man who was hiking along the shoulder of Interstate 229 when he was struck and killed by a Ford Fusion. As the woman continued driving, she crashed into the west side of the concrete barrier, at which time the pedestrian was thrown from the vehicle and hurled over the wall. The driver then fled the scene on foot. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

When the woman was found a short time later, she told police that she had been a passenger in the car and an unknown male had been driving. However, investigators found only the driver’s airbag deployed, the woman’s blood was found there, and she had the car keys. Yet, the woman maintained her lies throughout the investigation, according to reports.

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A jury recently awarded $8 million to a Daytona Beach woman who sustained serious injuries in a 2010 drunk driving crash, according to court records.

On the night of the crash, the negligent driver was returning from drinking at a bar in Daytona Beach. According to his passenger, the driver was speeding at the time, probably traveling near 100 mph, when he slammed into the rear end of the victim’s car. When police arrived at the scene, the passenger said the driver was wasted. A blood test indicated that the negligent driver had 0.153 blood alcohol content, nearly twice the legal limit. He was not injured in the crash; his passenger suffered a broken arm.

The plaintiff, on the other hand, sustained extensive injuries, including several disc herniations, requiring her to undergo surgical procedures. She has had to endure a lumbar decompression procedure, after exhausting other more conservative medical measures. She is also in need of a cervical surgical procedure. The woman said she lives in pain every day. The total past medical bills at the time of trial were approximately $188,000.

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An investigation is ongoing in a deadly crash involving a tractor-trailer that struck a 1997 Toyota sedan on the Cross Bronx Expressway early in the morning of March 27. The truck driver fled the scene, but was later apprehended at a rest stop in Ridgefield, New Jersey. Authorities administered a breathalyzer test which confirmed he was legally drunk. He was taken into custody and charged with a commercial driver DUI. Criminal charges against the truck driver are expected in both New York and New Jersey.

The 25-year-old driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene; two women in the car with him were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Both are expected to survive.

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A North Carolina woman was killed after a drunk driver ran a red light, striking her car as she was making a left turn. The 76-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene; a child passenger was treated and released from the hospital. The impaired driver was not injured. He has been charged with driving while impaired and aggravated felony death by motor vehicle. A golden retriever in his car was unharmed.

In addition to the criminal charges, the drunk driver may be liable for civil penalties. The family of the deceased woman should consult an experienced auto accident attorney. Although it may be difficult for family members to think about taking legal action following the loss of their loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit is the only way to hold the negligent driver accountable for his actions and for the family to seek compensation for damages, including pain and suffering and loss of companionship.

Sometimes a drunk driver will have no insurance, making a claim against one’s own uninsured motorist’s coverage necessary. In either case, such cases take time. In the meantime, the bills will keep coming. Once a lawsuit is filed, if the family is faced with a significant financial burden due to funeral and burial expenses as well as other expenses, they may wish to apply for lawsuit funding.

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With fatal auto accidents, lawsuits are often filed against a negligent driver, but in cases such as the following, a bar can be sued for a wrongful death caused by a drunk driver if there is evidence that the bar illegally served alcohol to the driver prior to the crash.

The husband of a Colorado state trooper killed in the line of duty has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the drunk driver who hit her and the bar that allegedly served him alcohol while he was already visibly intoxicated.

Last November a driver hit the trooper as she was trying to wave him to pull over after citizen reports that he was driving drunk. Prosecutors said that after hitting the trooper, the man, a retired colonel with the U.S. Army, tried to hide evidence, including bottles. His blood-alcohol content was estimated at 0.199 percent at the time of the crash, nearly four times the legal impaired limit of .05 for drivers in Colorado. Reports stated that he was still legally drunk more than five hours after the crash.