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Police say driver in fatal accident was DUI

Authorities in Pennsylvania have released toxicology reports for a driver who is accused of causing an accident and killing a man in May. The driver, an Allentown man, was allegedly under the influence of opiates and methadone at the time of the accident.

Officials with the state police say the driver, age 40, was driving north on Route 309 in his Chevrolet 1500 pickup and began attempting to merge onto Route 22 East in order to continue to Allentown from Kurztown. When he began to merge, the driver allegedly noticed a vehicle traveling in front of him swerve to miss a Buick LeSabre parked on the right shoulder of Route 22. The pickup did not swerve and struck the parked vehicle and the man standing behind it.

The victim died from his injuries. The pickup's driver was transported to an area hospital, and officials say he submitted to a blood test within two hours of the crash. When results showed drugs were present in the driver's system, he was taken into custody and charged with homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. He also faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, accident involving death while driving without a license, reckless endangerment, traffic offenses and DUI.

The actions of a negligent driver can have traumatic effects on innocent people. When a loved one is killed by a driver who was under the influence of drugs or behaving in a reckless or careless manner behind the wheel, the person's family members are left to suffer. They must pick up the cost of a memorial service, not to mention medical bills and more. In any case where a death can be attributed to another person's reckless conduct, it may be wise to seek out the advice of an attorney to help determine whether a wrongful death filing may be in order.

Source: Lehigh Valley Live , "Driver was high before striking car, fatally pinning man on Route 22, cops say", Sarah Cassi, September 11, 2014

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