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1 killed in suspected DUI-related car accident

The inherent dangers of driving while impaired should be well-known to most Louisiana drivers. For instance, Drivers can become impaired from the use of either alcohol or prescription drugs. External influences such as these can cause diminished judgment and decision-making skills while behind the wheel of a car and could cause a car accident.

One man from Louisiana is believed to have caused the death of a young man when the former's truck crossed the center median of Louisiana Highway 70 directly into the path of oncoming traffic. The man's pickup truck slammed into a car driven by the 21-year-old male from Berwick. The crash took place in October of 2012 in Assumption Parish.

The 21-year-old victim survived the crash. However, despite the best efforts of the doctors, nurses and otherwise diligent emergency room care at the local hospital, the man succumbed to his life-threatening injuries two days later. The driver of the pickup truck was reportedly under the influence at the time of the accident.

Louisiana prosecutors state that toxicology tests indicate the driver was on painkillers while driving his truck when the car accident occurred. Since the fatal accident, the driver was charged and recently pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in connection with the death of the victim; he now faces a 10-year state prison sentence. This may not help the family with their grief, but it may provide some sense of justice. The family may also seek peace by exercising their rights to file a wrongful death claim against the allegedly negligent diver for damages. Any monetary awards granted may help to defray their financial losses.

Source: katc.com, "Man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide", , May 22, 2014

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