Not all accidents caused by drunk drivers take place far from home. In fact some can occur in front of someone's home or even right on their driveway. A recent criminal case has been brought to the Connecticut court system regarding the death of a man caused by a woman who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. What seems strange about this case is the location in which the accident took place.
Last summer, the victim of this accident, a 54-year-old male, was helping his friend fix the bumper on her car just outside a residence. While the man was in the process of removing the bumper, the woman, who was sitting in the driver's seat, drove the car on top of him. A neighbor reportedly moved the car and an ambulance was called to the scene. The victim was transported for medical treatment, but he reportedly died as a result of his injuries a few days after the incident.
The woman thought to be responsible for this accident registered a blood-alcohol level higher than the state's limit. She was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter while under the influence, along with several other charges. Court dates have been scheduled to take place this month in this case.
A fatal accident caused by someone who is under the influence of an impairing substance can create a significant emotional void for the victim's family. Financial struggles may also result due to the unexpected, but necessary, medical and funeral expenses. A wrongful death claim, filed in a Connecticut civil court, is a possible way for the victim's family to recoup any financial losses they may have suffered in relation to the accident. If the woman believed to be responsible for this incident is found liable for the victim's death, financial restitution may be awarded to the victim's family.
Source: middletownpress.com, Police: Middletown woman ran over and killed friend by accident, Alex Gecan, March 7, 2014