Most Louisiana drivers are aware of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. Unfortunately, that seems to have little impact on the general population. Many people continue to drink and drive, placing the lives of those near them at risk. This is how a recent fatal car accident began.
One 32-year-old man from Patterson has been very lucky until this recent crash that took the life of his passenger. According to Louisiana State Patrol, the man was driving while impaired and lost control of his Chevy Blazer around 3:30 a.m. in the morning. The driver veered across the center median and into opposing lanes of traffic on Louisiana Highway 182. The Blazer did not stop until it landed in a ditch and rolled over. At this point, the passenger was reportedly thrown out of the vehicle.
The passenger died at the scene of the crash and was pronounced dead by the Coroner from St. Mary's Parish. The driver of the Blazer survived the crash and was transported to an area hospital to be treated for injuries that he suffered in the accident. The driver was listed in critical condition at last report. In the meantime, he has been charged with his third DWI, vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle without a valid driver's license.
The fatal car accident is still under investigation by the Louisiana State Patrol. The blood sample results must be analyzed by the State Crime Lab. The family of the deceased passenger may choose to commence a wrongful death claim against the driver of the Blazer, offering any evidence gathered by the official investigation as proof of negligence. No amount of money can ease the pain that the family is facing, but it may help defray the financial losses associated with the death of a loved one.
Source: ktac.com, "Unlicensed driver faces alleged 3rd DWI and vehicular homicide charges", Dave Fields, April 14, 2014