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Drunk driver ran from fatal crash, Louisiana State Police say

Police detained a 27-year-old man on suspicion of DWI after he allegedly fled from a three-vehicle crash in Plaquemines Parish on foot. The July 8 car accident reportedly happened on Louisiana 23 at around 3:30 a.m. and resulted in the death of a 19-year-old driver.

According to the Louisiana State Police, the 27-year-old man was driving north on the highway in a Chevrolet Silverado when he traversed the median and entered into oncoming traffic. The Silverado then collided head-on with a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, reportedly. Subsequent to that collision, the S-10 pickup truck was rear-ended by a southbound Ford Mustang that tried to avoid the wreck to no avail.

The driver of the S-10 pickup truck, the 19-year-old man, was not wearing a safety belt and died at the scene of the accident, according to authorities. The Mustang driver did have on a safety belt and escaped the crash without injury, reportedly.

Meanwhile, law enforcement officials allegedly had to search for the 27-year-old driver of the Silverado following the accident and found him some five hours later in Port Sulphur. Police allege that the man ran away from the accident scene. Authorities booked the 27-year-old man into the Plaquemines jail on charges of DWI, negligent homicide, hit-and-run, driving the wrong way, operating a vehicle without a valid driver's license and driving without a safety belt.

In addition to emotional anguish, the family members of fatal car accident victims are often left to cope with financial stress. By filing a wrongful death claim in civil court, these bereaved family members may seek financial compensation for the economic losses they suffered in connection with the fatal accident. To succeed, claimants in such a lawsuit must prove that another party's actionable behavior warrants liability for the accident and its consequent damages.

Source: The Times-Picayune , "Texas man charged with negligent homicide in fatal Plaquemines hit-and-run accident", Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, July 08, 2014

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