21-year-old Louisiana woman killed when hit in French Quarter
Officials with the New Orleans Police Department reported that a 21-year-old female pedestrian was fatally injured after an alleged drunk driver hit a pole, causing it to topple over and strike her on the head. The accident and resulting death reportedly occurred on Oct. 19 at 5:15 am.
According to reports, the woman was to turn 22 years old the next day, but her birthday never came. She was allegedly walking on the sidewalk on Burgundy Street in its 400 block when the allegedly intoxicated man crashed into a pole supporting a balcony.
Witnesses stated that the man attempted to flee the scene of the accident following the fatal collision, but they prevented him from doing so. He was reportedly held until police could arrive after his car allegedly stalled while he was attempting to leave. The 37-year-old man was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide for his actions. Responding emergency personnel pronounced the 21-year-old Baylor victim dead at the scene of the accident.
When someone is seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident such as this one, the driver is likely to be held civilly liable in addition to any criminal penalties he may face in the event the victim or family files a civil lawsuit. Injured people or the family members of those killed in an accident caused by the wrongful actions of a driver may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost current and future income, funeral expenses, property losses, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, counseling and bereavement expenses and punitive damages. Personal injury attorneys can provide assistance to their clients by identifying all potential claims, drafting and filing complaints and deposing witnesses as they try to reach a settlement.
Source: Bayou Buzz, “Woman killed by alleged drunk driver in French Quarter identified”, October 20, 2014