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Alleged drunk driver charged after killing pedestrian

On Dec. 25, a 26-year-old Louisiana man was reported to have struck and killed a pedestrian in Algiers. The collision happened at around 10 p.m.

According to the New Orleans Police Department, the suspect was driving a 2011 Nissan Maxima east on General De Gaulle Drive when he struck a 45-year-old man as he tried to cross the street at Garden Oaks Drive. The victim died following the crash, and the Orleans Parish coroner was scheduled to perform an autopsy to determine the precise cause of death.

The suspect was arrested and later determined to have a blood alcohol content level of .095, which is above Louisiana's .08 limit for drivers age 21 and older. Per state law, he was not tested for drugs. He was charged with vehicular homicide, which applies in each case an alleged impaired driver causes a fatal car crash, whether or not there was an intent to kill.

Louisiana residents who are struck by a drunk driver may suffer severe injuries that leave them with steep medical bills. With the aid of an attorney, a victim could use the accident investigation report, witness accounts and other evidence to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible driver. This type of claim could bring a victim needed financial relief to pay medical expenses, lost wages and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. If a victim dies as the result of a drunk driving crash, their next of kin could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the impaired driver who caused the crash. Such as suit could bring a victim's family compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, loss of companionship and other damages.

Source: NOLA, "Driver who struck, killed pedestrian on Christmas was legally drunk, NOPD says," Emily Lane, Dec. 28, 2015

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