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Woman dies in head-on crash in Louisiana

A head-on collision on Louisiana State Route 2 on Dec. 16, caused the death of one woman and seriously injured two others. According to a state police representative, the driver was believed to be impaired.

The 43-year-old driver who allegedly caused the crash was taken into custody and remanded to the jail in the parish of West Carroll, according to authorities. He faces charges of negligent injury, vehicular homicide and driving his vehicle left of the center line.

The car accident occurred as a Ford F-150, driven by the Oak Grove man heading east, crossed over the median line and hit a westbound Nissan being driven by a North Carolina woman, 22. The driver of the Nissan was taken to a hospital as well as a minor riding in the pickup. Both suffered serious injuries in the crash. A female passenger riding in the Nissan died at the accident site. According to reports, both occupants of the Nissan were wearing seat belts when the accident happened, and the minor had been restrained by a booster seat.

Driving impaired reduces judgment and makes it difficult to behave in such a way as to assure the safety of other motorists. When an individual dies as a result of reckless driving, the negligent driver may be named in a wrongful death lawsuit. This suit enables the family of the decedent to recover damages due to such expenses as funeral and burial costs and the loss of support the individual provided them.

An attorney may assist the family by examining accident reconstruction and police reports as well as witness accounts to build a case for negligence. This information may be used to structure the wrongful death suit which may be filed in civil court.

Source: thenewsstar.com, "Head-on crash kills passenger in West Carroll Parish", Scott Rogers, December 12, 2014

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