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2 killed in possible drunk driving accident

On Oct. 19, a four-car accident resulted in the death of two men in Louisiana. According to police, the wreck began with an initial two-car collision before two additional cars became involved. Although the investigation is ongoing, one of the drivers has received criminal charges for drunk driving.

The car accident took place in Lake Charles at approximately 12:30 a.m. Police say a 23-year-old man was traveling along West Prien Lake Road in a 2010 Chevrolet truck when he crashed head-on with a Ford Mustang. Afterwards, two Jeeps were also involved in the wreck. Police have confirmed that the two occupants of the Ford Mustang were both killed in the crash.

According to officers, the passenger in the Mustang was ejected from the car, and he was declared dead at the scene. The Mustang driver was partially ejected, and he also later died of his injuries at a hospital. It was unclear if any of the occupants of the other cars were injured. Police detained the Chevrolet driver on charges of DWI and careless operation of a motor vehicle. He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

When a fatal motor vehicle accident involves drunk driving charges, the family of a deceased crash victim may have a good case for filing a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver. To build a strong case, a personal injury lawyer may collect evidence such as toxicology results, police statements and possibly court records to prove the driver's liability. A family might be reimbursed for their crash-related expenses.

Source: WAFB, "Victims identified in fatal weekend crash in Lake Charles", Zack Fradella, October 20, 2014

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