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1 killed, 2 injured in suspected drunk driving crash

A Clymer woman was killed and two people were injured in a suspected alcohol-related crash in Indiana County on March 27. The accident happened at approximately 8:40 p.m. on Route 119 in Center Township, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.

Authorities said a pickup truck attempted to pull out of the Sanso's Pizza parking lot onto Route 119 and struck an oncoming red sedan almost head-on. The occupants of the sedan, a 79-year-old man and his 76-year-old wife, were seriously injured and knocked unconscious by the crash. Firefighters were able to pull the man from the wreckage, but the woman was trapped. A witness went to his nearby home to retrieve a visiting doctor friend to help the victims. Once on the scene, the doctor suggested pulling the woman out through the rear door of the vehicle, and he performed CPR on her all the way to Indiana Regional Medical Center. She was declared dead shortly after 9:45 p.m. Her husband was airlifted to Conemaugh Medical Center in Johnstown. His condition was not released.

The pickup driver, a 39-year-old man from the town of Indiana, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Indiana Regional Medical Center. Authorities said he was suspected of impaired driving and toxicology results are pending. The accident remains under investigation.

When a drunk driver is responsible for a fatal car accident, he or she may face civil litigation in addition to any criminal charges that may be filed. With the aid of an attorney, a deceased victim's next of kin may file a civil wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver seeking compensation for their losses. By using police reports, accident reconstruction results and witness testimony, a lawyer could prove that the drunk driver is financially liable for the victim's death.

Source: CBS Pittsburgh, "State Police: 1 Killed, 2 Injured In Suspected DUI Crash In Indiana Co.," Bob Allen, March 28, 2015

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