Community remembers, mourns deputy's death in Louisiana

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Oil and Gas on Feb 2, 2012.

Safe driving requires considerable focus and attention, and even the slightest distraction could change someone's life forever. The family and friends a Louisiana police officer know just how true that is after the 41-year-old Calcasieu Deputy suffered severe injuries during a head-on car accident while on duty. The fatal accident has left many reeling in Louisiana.

The accident occurred when a 28-year-old man crossed the roadway's center line while driving a Ford Focus on Louisiana Highway 1256 near Red Rose Drive, just outside of Lake Charles. Neither the officer, nor the driver of the Focus, was wearing a seat belt, according to police. The deputy was critically injured in the accident and was transported to a local hospital. He later died from his severe injuries.

The accident also snared two additional cars -- a Dodge Stratus and Dodge pick-up truck. The 44- and 42-year-old drivers sustained minor injuries at the scene. According to reports, after the Focus' collision with the deputy's Ford Taurus, the Stratus rear-ended the deputy's vehicle and traveled into the southbound lane. It then collided with the Dodge pick-up.

Currently, toxicology reports are being analyzed and police are continuing to investigate this tragic accident. It is unknown what caused the 28-year-old to travel into oncoming traffic, but police may charge the driver with more than just driving left of center and not wearing a seat belt at the conclusion of the investigation.

It is certainly difficult for any family to lose someone, but one of the most important things a family can do is to speak with a lawyer about how to file a wrongful death lawsuit. While taking legal action against the person who is responsible for a family member's death may seem out of place during such a sad time, a lawyer can start the legal proceedings while the family has time to mourn.

Source: KPLC TV 7, "'Heats heavy' after deputy killed in crash," Theresa Schmidt, Jan. 18, 2012

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