It is a known fact that teenagers and alcohol are not a good combination. Unfortunately, when a vehicle is added into the mix, the combination can prove deadly. Drinking and driving can have devastating consequences for all involved. Drunk driving accidents involving teenagers happen far too often in Louisiana.
In 2013, an 18-year-old girl was driving a sedan carrying her twin sister and another 18-year-old girl as passengers. Police reports indicate that the young driver ran a stop sign. As she did this, an SUV, which had the right-of way, crashed into the sedan. The sedan's driver and her twin sister were both seriously injured in the accident, and the other passenger in the car was killed. Fortunately, the other driver only sustained minor injuries.
Further investigation indicated that the sedan's driver, although underage, had been drinking. Her blood alcohol level was in excess of two times the legal limit. As a result, she was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, as well as other traffic-related crimes. The now 20-year-old woman has recently pleaded guilty and could spend anywhere from five to 30 years in prison for her poor decisions.
As a result of this young girl's decisions, the number of drunk driving accidents in Louisiana increased, and another young girl lost her life. This tragedy has certainly weighed heavily on the minds of this victim's family. In addition to this tragic loss, there were also most likely medical expenses, funeral expenses and other financial concerns. Now that the criminal part of this tragedy is coming to a close, it is possible that her family will seek relief through Louisiana's civil courts.
Source: katc.com, "Elton woman pleads guilty in drunk driving death", Oct. 20, 2016