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Police say drunk driver ran stop sign, killed 10-year-old boy

Drunk drivers are dangerous, to himself and to others in or near the roadway. Impaired judgment and delayed reaction times can significantly increase the chances of a car accident, and the magnitude of such an accident can be substantial. In a recent accident blamed on an allegedly drunk driver here in Indiana, a 10-year-old girl lost her life.

According to the authorities, the accident involved two vehicles. A 44-year-old woman was driving an SUV with a 10-year-old passenger inside. The girl was riding in the front seat.

A 37-year-old driving a pickup truck reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign. In doing so, his vehicle struck the SUV directly in the front passenger door. This resulted in the SUV rolling. The girl was pronounced dead when medics arrived at the scene. The driver of the SUV was transported to the hospital for injuries that were not life threatening.

The pickup ended up catching on fire. The driver was able to successfully get out, and he was transported by helicopter to the hospital for severe internal injuries. Although the accident is still under investigation, authorities do suspect that the driver who caused the accident was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Since this Indiana car accident led to the injuries and death of other parties, civil legal claims may be appropriate. Victims, or families of deceased victims, retain the right to seek justice by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against an alleged drunk driver. Most that do so rely upon an experienced personal injury attorney to prepare the claim and advocate on their behalf in court. 

Source: fox59.com, "10-year-old Miami County girl killed in crash, alcohol was a factor", Kylee Wierks, Oct. 15, 2015

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