Most Louisiana residents already know that almost anything can distract a driver while they are behind the wheel. Whether caused by the sun’s reflection, a stray animal or a ringing cell phone, it takes only a second for a driver to glance away from the road before it could result in a tragedy. This is how a fatal car accident may start.
One does not even have to be on the road to become a victim of a car accident. A recent crash in Prairieville is a testament to that fact. This tragedy took place sometime near 3:30 p.m. on June 24. According to the Louisiana State Police, a small group of people -- two children (a 6-year-old boy and his 9-year-old sister), their father and two family friends -- were fishing along the embankment of Alligator Bayou.
Authorities report that a 47-year-old driver lost control of her vehicle and veered toward the group. The woman’s SUV slammed into the group and killed the two children. The adults were transported to an area hospital to be treated for the injuries that they suffered. The woman has been questioned but no charges have been filed at this time.
A routine blood sample was acquired from the driver to determine if she was impaired in some way prior to the fatal car accident. The investigation will continue as the test results are pending, since they were sent to the Louisiana State Police lab and make take some time to process. The family of the deceased children may file wrongful death claims against the driver in an attempt to recover financial damages incurred as a result of the crash. The surviving injured parties may separately file personal injury claims as well.
Source: fox8live.com, "Troopers: 2 children killed while fishing after SUV runs off road", Nick Foley, June 24, 2014