When a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, he or she assumes a heavy burden of responsibility to other drivers and passengers. It is imperative that the utmost caution is employed when driving, because the consequences of a car wreck can be devastating to victims and their families. One Louisiana family is currently entering the initial stages of grief following the loss of an 83-year-old woman killed in a terrible car accident.
Police believe that the woman was topped at a four-way stop just prior to the crash. She is believed to have begun moving through the intersection when another vehicle approached. The driver of that vehicle, a 23-year-old male, apparently failed to stop at the intersection, and crashed into the woman's car.
Although wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash, the woman sustained fatal injuries in the incident. It is unclear if she was treated for injuries at a medical facility prior to her death, or was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have arrested the young man believed to be responsible for the car wreck, and have charged him with reckless driving, disregarding a stop sign and negligent homicide.
While there are some accidents that are unpreventable, this car wreck may have been easily avoided. Louisiana police believe that the young man was distracted by a mobile device inside his vehicle in the seconds leading up to the crash, which may have been why he did not stop at the intersection. For the family of the woman who lost her life, this information must be terribly hard to accept. Should they decide to pursue a wrongful death suit against the driver, any findings of negligence during the criminal trial against him may be of use to them in their civil case.
Source: wafb.com, "Police: 83-year-old woman killed in crash caused by distracted driver," Amber Stegall, Jan. 15, 2013