Seven people suffered injuries in a recent alleged drunk driving accident in Louisiana. The reported DUI accident took place on a Sunday morning at the scene of a vehicle crash that had occurred earlier. The injury accident occurred near the Interstate 12 and Interstate 10 junction.
Ambulance personnel and police were called to the accident scene at around 1:15 a.m. According to police, a truck that a man, age 26, was driving went past emergency vehicles and ended up hitting another vehicle. At that point, the other vehicle struck and injured a police officer, two bystanders and an emergency medical technician.
The 26-year-old man reportedly tried to flee the accident scene and ended up hitting and injuring another bystander and an additional EMT before police were able to stop him on Interstate 12. The man, along with the injured police officer, EMTs and bystanders were transported to the hospital with injuries considered to be severe but not life threatening. These injuries included head injuries, internal bleeding, lacerated arteries, broken bones and deep tissue wounds. The man who is said to have caused the accident did not want to take a breath test, so a warrant ended up being issued to force him to complete a toxicology test. Charges against him remained pending.
The bystanders who were struck by the man facing charges may choose to file personal injury claims against him, pursuing damages. If the man is later charged and then convicted on those charges in connection with the alleged DUI accident, proof of a conviction may be presented in a related civil court proceeding to try to establish liability in the accident. If liability is established to the civil court's satisfaction in Louisiana, claims for damages will be decided.
Source: avoyellestoday.com, "Suspected drunk driver injures six in Baton Rouge accident", June 27, 2016