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Woman dies in fatal accident allegedly caused by DUI

One woman has died in a car-pedestrian accident in Louisiana. The fatal accident took place on a Sunday at around 4:25 a.m. It occurred along Belle Chasse Highway south and reportedly involved drunk driving.

According to authorities, a woman, 23, was walking in the road. All of a sudden, she was struck by a Ford F-250. The pickup truck was being driven by a 65-year-old man.

Authorities said they believed that the woman was intoxicated when the wreck occurred, although toxicology tests are currently pending the completing of an autopsy. The man additionally provided a breath sample after the crash and was determined to be over the 0.08 legal limit. He was thus arrested and jailed on a charge of vehicular homicide.

The surviving loved ones of the woman who died in the Louisiana pedestrian-car accident may decide to file a wrongful death claim against the man, seeking the reimbursement of damages. If the man ends up being convicted on his vehicular homicide charge, proof of the conviction may be presented in a related civil court proceeding in an effort to establish financial responsibility in the fatal accident case. If liability is not established to the civil court's satisfaction, based upon a showing of negligence, then no claims for monetary damages will be adjudicated. If the plaintiffs are awarded damages, the damage award may be helpful for covering funeral costs or be used to reimburse the deceased victim's dependents. Monetary compensation may also help to address pain and suffering as well as emotional distress resulting from the accident.

Source:, "Wreck in Plaquemines Parish leaves Alabama woman dead", June 19, 2016

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