A Pennsylvania man was in court in April to face charges stemming from a fatal car accident that occurred on Nov. 1, 2014. Prosecutors say that the 39-year-old man was driving drunk when he entered the opposite lane of traffic and struck another vehicle. The accident resulted in a 76-year-old woman's death.
The fatal collision occurred in Lower Paxton Township while the accused drunk driver was traveling southbound on Nyes Road near Locust Lane. When the driver drifted into the northbound lane, his vehicle struck a northbound Toyota Corolla. The backseat passenger in the Toyota was declared dead at the scene while the 47-year-old driver and a 40-year-old passenger sustained severe injuries. Both of the injured victims were treated at a nearby hospital for broken bones.
Police say that the driver at fault in this accident displayed several signs of intoxication after the crash. The man reportedly had slurred speech and explained to officers that he had consumed way too much alcohol. Officers also noticed that the man's eyes looked glassy, and he smelled like alcohol. He received several charges including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and three counts of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence.
The family of someone who has been killed by a drunk driver may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver even if there are no criminal charges filed. A lawyer may be able to help a family in this situation to gather evidence to establish the liability of the drunk driver for their loved one's death. Family members may pursue compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages and other damages.
Source: Penn Live, "Man headed to trial on charges he drove drunk, caused fatal crash," Megan Trimble, April 21, 2015