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Latest testimony in 2011 crash points finger at drunk driver

Some Baton Rouge residents may be following the case of a woman who was involved in fatal car crash in 2011 that left five people dead. The accident, as some may recall, occurred in Baton Rouge on Interstate 10 after two vehicles collided in the westbound lanes of I-10. One of the vehicles, a pickup truck, then drove over the median and crashed into a vehicle that contained a mother, her three children and a friend. All five died in the tragic car accident.

Now, both drivers of the two vehicles that initially collided have been charged in relation to the crash. The woman is currently on trial for negligent homicide, and the pickup truck driver will eventually be tried for vehicular homicide.

In court yesterday, the woman's defense called several witnesses to the stand. The last of those witnesses testified that the woman was not the cause of the crash. He said the tire tracks in the median indicated poor steering by the pickup truck driver, who was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

While there are many details to this case, the most important is that five people were killed, leaving multiple families to grieve the sudden and unexpected loss of their loved ones. Unfortunately, they are not alone in their grief. Each year, many people are killed on Louisiana roadways because of negligent drivers. While it can feel like a hopeless situation, it is important for the family members of fatal crash victims to know that they can hold a negligent driver accountable for the death of their loved one, even if the police do not.

Like several families in this case have chosen to do, families of fatal crash victims can sue a driver for wrongful death. While no amount of money can ever replace the life of a loved one, families forced into this situation deserve to have the financial aspects of a death taken care of so they can focus on comforting one another during such a difficult time.

Source: The Advocate, "Witness blames pickup driver for fatal I-10 crash," Joe Gyan Jr., Aug. 9, 2013

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