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Alcohol suspected in Louisiana car accident death

Regardless of the amount of times a law enforcement officer has seen first hand the effects fo drinking and driving, a police officer may still believe that he or she is capable of driving after consuming alcohol.  However, alcohol affects police officers the same way it does everyone else, which can easily lead to a serious or deadly crash.  In fact, the Louisiana State Police recently reported that an off-duty officer involved in a car accident death on LA 433 near an Interstate 10 junction is suspected of being drunk at the time of the wreck.

Reportedly, the off-duty officer lost control of his Jeep as he was negotiating a left curve, which caused the vehicle to leave the roadway on the right hand side.  When the driver attempted to regain control of the vehicle, he instead overcorrected.  This sent the Jeep careening into a ditch where it flipped over.

The 31-year-old Slidell police officer was not wearing his seat belt and suffered serious injuries for which he was transported to an area hospital, where he was listed as being in critical condition.  Unfortunately, he was not alone in the Jeep.  His 31-year-old passenger died as a result of the injuries he suffered during the accident.

The Louisiana State Police expect the driver to be criminally charged in connection with the car accident death.  Further, the victim's family may file a wrongful death claim seeking damages such as funeral and burial costs, pain and suffering and other damages allowable under state law.  Before such an award can be made, however, it will be necessary for the family to prove negligence on the part of the driver, and any information received as part of the official investigation could contribute to that requirement.

Source: wwl.com, "Troopers suspect Slidell cop was drunk when he caused fatal crash", Dave Cohen, Sept. 8, 2014

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