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Drunk driving may have caused fatal Louisiana crash

Authorities believe alcohol played a role in a hit-and-run accident that killed one person in Erwinville on Nov. 20. The crash occurred when a white GMC Sierra driven by a 27-year-old man from Lakeland ran a stop sign while heading west on La. 620 at 5 a.m. A red Ford F150 pickup truck collided with the Sierra at the corner of La. 983.

The pickup truck was being driven by a 53-year-old man from Ventress who was not wearing a seat belt. He was pronounced dead at the crash site. K-9 units and a helicopter were used to find the Sierra driver, who was found around a half-mile from the scene in a cane field. He faces charges for vehicular homicide, failure to yield to a stop sign, operating a vehicle without a required interlock device and felony hit-and-run.

The Lakeland man suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment. He also faces a driving while under the influence charge, which would be his fourth if convicted. His first DWI was in 2006 when he was 18. He went into a diversion program before getting his second underage DWI in 2008. That charge led to 32 hours of community service and probation for six months.

An individual who is injured in a preventable accident caused by another driver's negligence can seek compensation for expenses related to the crash by filing a personal injury claim. An attorney could show that a drunk driver caused an accident by using evidence like a police report, witness statements, field sobriety tests or blood tests.

Source: The Advocate, "Impairment suspected for man arrested in fatal Erwinville hit-and-run; he faces 4th offense DWI, more," Terry Jones, Nov. 20, 2015

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