It does not matter whether a Louisiana resident drives a car, pickup truck or van, the vehicle can be a deadly weapon if not operated with the utmost care. A driver must pay attention and maintain control of his or her vehicle, which cannot be done if that person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When an individual gets behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking or taking drugs, that driver increases the probability of a serious or fatal car accident.
Troopers who responded to a car accident on Louisiana 35 suspected that the driver believed responsible for the crash was impaired. The 24-year-old man robbed a 34-year-old woman of her life as he attempted to pass her car. Both vehicles were heading north at the time. As the man made his move to pass, he crashed into the woman’s vehicle.
The impact sent her car off the road, where it slammed into a telephone pole. The woman’s seat belt was not enough to save her from suffering critical injuries. She was transported to an area hospital, but her injuries were too severe, and she died. A breath test administered at the scene indicated the man’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit, and the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab is analyzing a sample of his blood to verify that test. He faces several charges, including reckless operation and vehicular homicide.
If prosecutors secure a conviction on a crime related to this fatal car accident, the woman’s family members may use it as evidence in a civil court action to help establish negligence. Successfully proving to the court that their loved one died as a result of the negligence of another could result in an award of damages. Any compensation received will not bring back the victim, but it might help the family’s financial situation.