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Louisiana man charged in out-of-state man's sudden death

An out-of-state man was traveling west on Interstate 10 here in Louisiana when the unthinkable happened.  Another vehicle slammed into his.  Now, the Louisiana man driving that vehicle is facing charges in connection with the out-of-state man's sudden death.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 1990 pickup truck was seen running off the side of the eastbound lanes of the Interstate on at least two occasions.  It then veered into the median separating the directions of travel at which time the bed cover of the pickup flew off and caused two other vehicles to collide.  Reportedly, no injuries were suffered in that accident. 

The pickup burst into the oncoming lanes of travel on the west side of the highway, directly into the path of a vehicle described only as a 2014 Ford.  The driver of the Ford was unable to maneuver out of  the way, and the pickup truck slammed into the Ford.  The 27-year-old man who was driving the Ford suffered fatal injuries in the crash to which he succumbed at the scene.  The driver of the pickup -- a 21-year-old man from here in Louisiana -- was taken into custody and faces charges of negligent homicide, reckless driving and other charges.

While the criminal proceedings progress, the family of the deceased driver retain the right to file a wrongful death claim against the man who was driving the pickup truck.  A successfully litigated claim could result in the court awarding the family damages incurred as a result of the man's sudden death.  Before that can happen, however, the family will need to prove the driver was negligent, and evidence from the official investigation and the criminal prosecution could help.

Source:, "Police: Reckless driver kills Greenville man on Louisiana highway", , Sept. 19, 2014

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