Back on Dec. 20 of last year, the Louisiana State Police responded to an accident involving a single vehicle occupied by three people. Troopers had their doubts about how the accident occurred, and they recently confirmed those doubts. One of the men that survived the accident claimed to be a passenger in the vehicle, but the authorities now believe that he was actually the driver in this fatal accident.
At first glance, it appeared that the 14-year-old occupant of the vehicle was driving when he lost control and caused the vehicle to roll. All three occupants were thrown out of the vehicle during the crash. The young teen died because of the injuries he suffered in the crash. The two alleged passengers, a 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old man, suffered moderate to serious injuries and were taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Further investigation into the incident revealed that the two survivors may have manipulated the scene and even removed evidence that would have told the real story behind the crash. Louisiana State Police troopers now believe that the older man was driving. They also believe that he was driving while impaired and — along with the help of the other survivor — attempted to cover up these facts by blaming the crash on the deceased teen. Authorities filed charges against the two men, reflecting these new facts.
It is unfortunate that the family of the young boy that lost his life in this crash had to spend time believing he had caused his own death and injured two others. Knowing the truth does not bring back the victim, but it may give the family some peace of mind. Further, the family may file a wrongful death claim seeking damages sustained because of this fatal accident. Any monetary award received will never make right what happened, but a successfully presented claim may help with the financial burdens that accompany such tragedies.