The Louisiana State Police are continuing to investigate a crash that took the life of a Richland Parish woman. It is unknown whether alcohol played a part in the tragedy. The car wreck happened just days before Christmas, and has left her family to get through the holidays without her.
The accident occurred on Highway 17 in Franklin Parish on the south side of Interstate 20. The victim was traveling north on the highway when a southbound vehicle crossed the center line colliding with her car. The victim was injured during the accident and was taken to an area hospital. Despite the efforts of medical personnel at the hospital, the victim died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the accident.
The driver that crossed the center line suffered what are described as moderate injuries and was still in the hospital at last report. The Louisiana State Police have charged the woman with driving left of center. It is unknown whether their investigation will yield more charges against the driver.
Regardless of whether the driver is further charged by authorities, the family of the Richland Parish woman retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against her in an attempt to recover monetary damages incurred as a result of her death. If the family prevails in proving negligence, the court may award costs and any additional damages allowable under our state laws that the court believes are appropriate after considering all of the circumstances. This tragic car wreck has forever changed the face of one family, and nothing will undo that; however, a successful civil action could restore the financial losses suffered.