Car accident death reported by local Louisiana police department

It might be difficult to get through a day without reading a story about a car crash somewhere in Louisiana. One news story might report a vehicle accident with relatively few injuries while another story focuses on a car accident death. Recently, one local Louisiana police department had the sad duty of reporting a single-car accident in which one person died.

The accident occurred on Highway 30. For reasons not yet known, the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a ditch. The location where the vehicle came to a rest was precarious, and it took some time for emergency responders to stabilize it enough in order to extricate the driver and passenger.

The driver suffered severe injuries and was last reported to be in critical condition at a hospital in the Gonzales area. By the time officials got to the passenger, a 54-year-old woman, she had succumbed to the injuries she suffered in the crash. The Gonzales Police Department is attempting to determine exactly how the crash occurred. In order to do so, the department enlisted the assistance of the Louisiana State Police regarding a reconstruction of the accident.

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the driver could face criminal charges. Further, the family of the passenger who died in the wreck may file a wrongful death claim. Before the court can consider an award of damages typically sought in a car accident death, the family will be responsible for proving negligence on the part of the driver. If successful, a monetary judgment could be entered. Any funds received as a result could help the family with the unexpected financial losses incurred as a result of the death of their loved one.

Source: nola.com, "Passenger dies in single vehicle accident on Hwy 30 in Gonzales", Quincy Hodges, April 23, 2015

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