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Serious injuries and death result from crash with impaired driver

It is not often that people see a high performance sports car such as a Ferrari, Maserati or Lamborghini as they drive down the street. If California drivers come upon an accident involving one of these cars, it would be easy to assume that the driver of the sports car is at fault for any serious injuries or deaths that occur. However, that is not always the case.

Recently, a Ferrari 458 was traveling through an intersection when another car slammed into the driver's side of the vehicle. The front of the Ferrari was torn off. The driver of the Ferrari suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger was in the car with the driver, and that individual suffered serious injuries. At last report, the passenger remains in critical condition at an area hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle suffered injuries considered to be critical. California authorities believe the driver was impaired at the time of the accident. At a minimum, vehicle manslaughter charges are more than likely awaiting the driver when he or she is released from the hospital, according to reports.

While authorities continue to investigate the crash and await the recovery of the suspected drunk driver, the family of the deceased driver and the passenger who suffered serious injuries may file civil actions against the driver. The more time passes, the more the financial impact of the accident could be felt by the family of the victim and the injured passenger. If negligence is proven, the court may award damages that could defray those costs.

Source: gtspirit.com, "Car Crash: Drunk Hyundai Driver Crashes into Ferrari 458 Italia Killing 21-Year Old Driver", , May 9, 2014

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