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Drunk driving suspected in Louisiana car crash deaths

Each year, numerous people around the country, and here in Louisiana, are killed by drivers who get behind the wheel of their vehicles after drinking. These drunk driving accidents are some of the most preventable and tragic crashes that occur, since the driver made the choice to operate a vehicle even though he or she was impaired. Police believe that a 23-year-old man recently made this choice and caused an accident that took the lives of two men.

It was approximately 12:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday when the pickup truck the man was driving crashed head-on into a Ford Mustang. The Mustang was occupied by two men. One of the men, who was identified as the driver of the car, was partially thrown out of the vehicle, and his passenger was thrown clear of the car. Two other vehicles crashed into the wreckage.

The driver of the Mustang was taken to a hospital in the area where he later died from the injuries he suffered in the crash. His passenger died at the scene. It was not reported whether the occupants of the two other vehicles suffered any injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and careless driving. At last report, he was being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center. It is not known whether he will be released on bail while the investigation continues.

Regardless of what happens with the criminal proceedings, the families of the deceased victims retain the right to file wrongful death claims seeking damages incurred as a result of this apparent drunk driving accident. If authorities secure a conviction for either DWI or careless driving, proof of it may be offered as evidence of negligence in a related civil claim. If a Louisiana court is satisfied that the driver of the pickup truck was at-fault, an award of damages may be forthcoming.

Source: kplctv.com, "Victims identified in fatal weekend crash in Lake Charles", Zack Fradella, Oct. 19, 2014

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