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Man enters plea after head-on collision kills teen girls

Practically every teenager dreams of the day when he or she reaches legal driving age. Even though many parents may dread this next step into adulthood due to the dangers that come with driving, the majority of young drivers strive to follow the rules of the road in order to retain their new-found independence. Recently, a young Louisiana driver and her passenger were trying to arrive safely at their destination when an impaired motorist struck their car in a head-on collision.

First responders were called to the scene of a deadly crash involving two vehicles. According to the report, a motorist was driving his vehicle south in the northbound lanes of U.S. 167. His vehicle then crashed head-on into a car carrying two teenage girls. Though the driver of the second car, a 16-year-old female, was wearing her safety belt, she still suffered fatal injuries in the crash. A 15-year-old female passenger was also killed by the impact.

The driver of the first vehicle, a 22-year-old male, attempted to flee from the scene of the accident. Louisiana officials located and arrested him a short time later. He was subsequently charged with two counts of vehicular homicide as well as two counts negligent injury by vehicle. 

The driver pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. Though his sentencing date was not available, he could serve between 10 to 70 years in prison based on the serious nature of the charges stemming from this horrific head-on collision. Though the victims' families may have some closure from the legal consequences that the driver will face, they are understandably devastated by the loss of their beloved children. Along with the physical and emotional losses they are enduring, they may also struggle with the burden of monetary damages. A wrongful death civil suit may help families like these recoup some of the financial losses that are incurred after these types of preventable tragedies.

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