Woman's sudden death leaves toddler without a mother

A Louisiana woman's 3-year-old son may not yet understand that his mom will never be coming home again, but that does not mean that he cannot feel her loss. Her sudden death in a car accident recently has left him without a mother. Now, the boy's grandmother is struggling to focus on caring for him as she grieves the loss of her eldest child.

The boy's mother was heading eastbound when a northbound vehicle slammed into her SUV. The impact was hard enough to topple the SUV, leaving the woman trapped inside. She survived long enough to be taken to an area hospital but died despite the efforts of medical personnel.

The 21-year-old driver of the vehicle that hit her failed to obey the stop sign at the intersection where the crash occurred. Police also suspected that the driver was impaired. As it turns out, at the time of the crash, testing showed his blood alcohol level was .231 percent, which is nearly three times Louisiana's legal limit of .08 percent.

He was arrested and booked for homicide by vehicle. However, after prosecutors review the case, additional charges could be filed along with that charge. The victim's mother may have forgiven the man, which does not necessarily mean that she will not file a wrongful death claim against him on behalf of her grandson. A parent's sudden death can leave other family members responsible for caring for a child left behind and raising him or her can be financially challenging, Successfully establishing a driver's negligence could lead to an award of monetary damages that could be used for a child's benefit.

Source: wdsu.com, "Funeral set for mother killed by suspected drunken driver", Andy Cunningham, Feb. 20, 2015

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