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Family mourns the sudden death of Louisiana man

A family who recently lost a loved on living in Louisiana is upset by the outcome of the investigation into his death.  His sudden death occurred when he was struck by a vehicle.  However, police do not believe that the actions of the driver that hit him were criminal.

Reports indicate that the family's loved one was helping four other people move a truck across a bridge.  The vehicle ran out of gas, and the five were attempting to get it off the bridge.  That is when the other driver slammed into the back of the truck, which catapulted the deceased victim over the bridge into the water below.

The accident occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m., and it took emergency responders until shortly after 11 a.m. the next day to recover the 23-year-old man's body from the Red River.  No report was provided regarding whether anyone else was injured in the crash.  The official investigation by Louisiana officials indicated that the driver was not speeding -- nor was he impaired -- when he struck the back of the truck.  Therefore, they did not feel that criminal charges were appropriate in what they concluded was simply an unfortunate accident.

However, a lack of skid marks indicates that the 40-year-old driver did not brake prior to the crash.  This fact may not be considered criminal, but it could point to negligence on the part of the driver.  Proving negligence is an integral part of a wrongful death claim since no damage award will be made without first proving that a particular party or party is responsible for the sudden death of a loved one.  Filing such a claim could give the family a sense of justice as well as financial restitution for the damages they incurred.

Source: shreveporttimes.com, "No criminal charges in bridge death; family upset", Maya Lau, Oct. 1, 2014

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