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Drunk driving suspected in death of woman

People who get behind the wheel of a car after drinking cause some of the most preventable accidents on Louisiana roadways. Their behavior indicates that they have little regard for the lives of others. Perhaps that is why a man suspected of drunk driving failed to stop after striking a woman during Mardi Gras.

Police report that a 38-year-old man was intoxicated as he drove through the streets of the Big Easy during Mardi Gras. At approximately 3:10 p.m., a 50-year-old woman had the misfortune of encountering this man's vehicle as she crossed the street. After the vehicle struck her, the driver fled the scene.

Officers located the man and his vehicle a little over a mile away in a shopping center parking lot at the corner of Tulane and South Carrollton Avenues. The New Orleans Police Department ascertained that the man's blood alcohol level was over two times the legal limit here in Louisiana. He was arrested and faces charges of homicide by vehicle. While officers were tracking down and arresting the driver, the victim was taken to a hospital in the area where she subsequently succumbed to her injuries.

In a wrongful death claim in civil court, the victim's family might be able to use the evidence obtained that points to the fact that drunk driving was responsible for the death of their loved one. The premature death of a loved one often results in unexpected -- and costly -- expenses, along with other damages. If the court rules that negligence caused or contributed to her death, the family could receive a monetary judgment for the damages incurred in the aftermath of this crash.

Source: theneworleansadvocate.com, "Driver in deadly Mid-City crash was drunk, jailed on count of vehicular homicide, NOPD says", Ramon Antonio Vargas, Feb. 9, 2016

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