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Drunk driving suspected in fatal Louisiana collision

Some people who consume alcohol or drugs and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle fail to take into account that their actions may have consequences. A driver who is impaired suffers from diminished capacity, which can easily lead to an accident. Drunk driving crashes are some of the most preventable tragedies on Louisiana's roadways.

Authorities say that the driver believed to be responsible for a recent deadly crash is suspected of being impaired at the time. The 43-year-old man was traveling Louisiana Highway 2 when he veered into oncoming traffic. Another vehicle heading in the opposite direction was unfortunate enough to be in the way. The pickup truck slammed into the unsuspecting vehicle.

Two people were in that car -- the driver and the passenger who were brother and sister. The female passenger suffered severe injuries and died at the scene. The male driver was seriously injured and was taken to an area hospital by emergency personnel.

Reports from his family and friends indicate that his current condition is stable. It was not reported what injuries, if any, the driver of the pickup truck suffered in the crash. If it is confirmed that he was impaired at the time of the collision, his decision to drive sealed the fate of two people who never had the chance to make a choice.

The injured victim and his family do have the choice to file civil actions against the driver, however. If the court is satisfied that the man accused of drunk driving was negligent, and that he caused or contributed to the death of the passenger and injury of the driver in the other car, monetary restitution may be awarded. The injured victim might use any such award for his current and future medical expenses, any lost wages and any other damages he incurred or is incurring as he recovers. Financial restitution to the family could help recover their monetary losses associated with the death of their loved one.

Source:, "Local woman killed, brother seriously injured in head-on crash in Louisiana", Dec. 17, 2014

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