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Car accident death believed to be caused by drunk driving

Under the best of circumstances, a Louisiana driver may not see a bicyclist, which could result in an accident. When that driver has been drinking, the probability of him or her paying enough attention to see a bicycle rider decreases exponentially. Due to the inherent vulnerability of that rider, a car accident death is a real possibility.

Louisiana State Police troopers believe that a 28-year-old man was impaired as he drove north on Louisiana Highway 428 at approximately 8 p.m. on a recent Saturday. Apparently, the driver was occupying both the left lane and the center turn lane as he approached a bicycle coming toward him from the opposite direction in the center lane. The suspected drunk driver's vehicle slammed into the bicycle rider and kept on going.

His vehicle crashed into another vehicle occupied by the driver and two passengers. Only then did the first vehicle come to a stop. The bicyclist succumbed to severe injuries at the scene. The three people occupying the other vehicle were taken to an area hospital to be treated for injuries that ranged from minor to moderate. Their updated medical conditions were not reported.

The driver believed to have been intoxicated was taken into custody on suspicion of vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated. As the criminal case against him progresses, the family of the deceased victim may choose to file a wrongful death claim against him in connection with this tragic car accident death. Moreover, the occupants of the other vehicle involved may file personal injury claims as well. Any evidence accepted by the court in the criminal action -- as well as proof of any conviction secured by prosecutors -- may be offered as evidence of negligence in any related civil action. A successful claim could lead to an award of damages allowed under state laws.

Source: wdsu.com, "LSP: Bicyclist killed after being struck by suspected drunk driver in Terrytown", Juan Sanchez, March 22, 2015

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