When people from all over the country think of New Orleans, they think of it as being a party town. People walk up and down Bourbon Street, stopping into different bars and restaurants. It’s kind of expected that people may drink a few too many cocktails while in the city. However, one thing that should never happen is someone partying on Bourbon Street and then getting behind the wheel as a woman was killed in a DUI crash in downtown New Orleans.
Stephen Rankin was traveling down the center lane of Interstate-10 near the Canal Street exit. So were two other cars. Out of nowhere, Rankin slammed into the back of the car in front of him. This caused the middle car to smash into the car in front of them. So, now there were three cars involved in a crash that never should have happened.
The police responded to the scene and had to send several people to the hospital. The driver who caused the accident wasn’t injured at all. The driver of the front car was sent to the hospital only with minor injuries. However, a female passenger in the middle car was killed.
The police determined that Rankin, the rear vehicle, was intoxicated at the time of the crash. It happened at about 3:40 a.m. The accident, of course, is still under investigation since it just happened yesterday morning.
If you or your loved one are injured in any sort of motor vehicle accident, you need to call our office. You can sit down with an experienced lawyer who can let you know what your case may be worth. Drunk driving accidents are totally preventable. We’ll make sure the person who caused the crash is held responsible.