Woman, son killed in car accidents hours apart

There are few events as tragic as losing a loved one in a car accident. People in Lake Charles who have lost a family member to an accident know the anguish of a family member dying too soon. But imagine if a family had two separate fatalities in a single day.

That is what happened to one family on April 29. A 45-year-old woman was struck by a car around 1 a.m. The woman had been lying in the street, but the reason is not clear from news reports. Police believe she may have been drinking but are not sure if she was intoxicated at the time of the accident. The driver of the car that hit her sped off, but police caught and arrested the driver. He may face a DUI charge on top of hit and run and other charges.

The woman was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Four hours later, her son was rushing to the hospital to see her. A deputy chief from the region said he did not know if the son believed his mother may have still been alive.

The son, 22, rode in a car driven by a friend. On the way to the hospital the car lost control and struck three parked cars before overturning around 5:30 a.m. The son died of his injuries. The status of the driver was not available.

The deputy said he sympathized with the driver’s desire to get his friend to the hospital as fast as possible, but that speeding is always a potential hazard.

Source: MSNBC, “Mom, son killed in car accidents hours apart in Wisconsin,” May 1, 2012

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