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Drunk driver allegedly kills teenager watching TV in living room

It is not uncommon for drunk drivers to cause car accidents, and many lives have been lost in drunk driving accidents on Indiana roads. Unfortunately, the driving abilities of intoxicated drivers are typically so compromised that many have little control over where they are going. A teenager recently lost his life when a drunk driver smashed his vehicle into a house in Pennville.

According to accident investigators, a vehicle operated by a 47-year-old driver crashed through the wall of a house in which a 16-year-old teenager was watching television in the living room. The accident occurred at about 10 p.m. on a recent Friday night., and the young boy was killed on impact. The deceased victim's stepbrother was also watching television, but sitting on a different couch. While he was injured, he was able to leave the hospital after treatment for minor injuries. The mother of the two boys was not injured.

Police officers who responded to the accident reportedly determined that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident. They revealed that his blood alcohol level was .175 percent, over twice the legal limit of .08 percent. He was arrested and booked into the county jail. The driver now faces charges for intoxicated driving that caused the death of another person.

The surviving family of this young boy whose untimely death was apparently caused by a drunk driver must now face the financial consequences of this tragedy at the same time they are struggling to cope with the devastating loss. Although claims for financial relief may be pursued, the prospects of complicated legal proceedings may be overwhelming. Fortunately, an experienced wrongful death attorney can provide guidance and support for navigating such a claim through the Indiana civil justice system. 

Source: CBS Indy, "Charge filed against man accused in drunk driving crash that killed teen", Matt Adams, Nov. 3, 2015

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