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Toxicology results pending in fatal car accident

Losing a loved one in an accident often leaves families with unanswered questions. Many Louisiana families look to the official investigation to understand what caused the wreck. Most likely, two families here in the state are awaiting the final report regarding a recent single-car accident in which the lives of two men, ages 27 and 29,were lost.

Police were called to the scene at approximately 1:30 a.m. When they arrived, they discovered the wreckage of a vehicle on an elementary school playground. Preliminary reports indicate that the driver somehow lost control of the vehicle, which smashed through the school's fence, slammed into a utility pole and finally came to rest on the playground.

One of the occupants of the vehicle succumbed at the scene. The other occupant clung to life. He was taken to a hospital in the area, but despite the efforts of medical personnel, he also passed away.

Reports did not indicate which man was driving the vehicle when the accident occurred. Toxicology samples were taken to determine whether impairment was a factor. No further details regarding the crash were reported.

Determining which man was driving could be crucial for the families of these two Louisiana men. This is because the family of the passenger retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the driver, as well as any other party with an ownership interest in the vehicle involved in the crash. Until it is clear who the passenger actually was, both families may benefit from gaining an understanding of their rights and responsibilities in connection with this car accident.

Source: katc.com, "UPDATE: Fatal New Iberia crash victims identified", Feb. 20, 2015

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