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Alleged drunk driver causes fatal car accident

Reckless and negligent drivers pose a dangerous threat to both pedestrians and other motorists on the road. The most dangerous of drivers, some would argue, are those who drive under the influence. Such drivers experience reduced reaction time, lack of muscle coordination, poor balance and poor decision-making ability, among other things. Getting behind the wheel in such a state can result in serious injury to both the driver and other parties, should a car accident result.

Three young college students were recently out in the early morning hours in California. They were reportedly making a left turn at an intersection, with a green light, when an oncoming car apparently failed to stop and collided with the passenger side of their car. The driver of the car who failed to stop was arrested at the scene after authorities determined that he was driving under the influence. It was not immediately available what the driver's blood-alcohol content was. It was also not immediately clear if he suffered any injuries, but there were no indications that he was sent to a hospital for treatment.

The three students were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment for their injuries. The driver suffered major injuries. The passenger in the front seat suffered minor injuries as well. The passenger in the back seat, however, was unfortunately pronounced dead at the hospital. She was just 22 years old.

While the police investigation is ongoing, the accused is facing at least one charge of driving under the influence. Additional charges may be added, depending on what else the investigation might reveal. Authorities are reportedly seeking input from the community, asking witnesses to the incident to come forward.

The family of the deceased victim in this car accident may have the right to file a wrongful death claim under California law. Any recouped compensation can be applied toward burial costs and loss of companionship, among other things. The other victims may have the right to file personal injury claims that can help cover medical bills and lost wages. Obviously it's impossible to put a price on the amount of grief that families feel when they lose a loved one so unexpectedly, and it's just as difficult for injured parties to put a price on their well-being, but financial compensation can offer some relief.

Source:, Police investigate collision that killed CSUF student, Helena Reed, Nov. 19, 2013

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