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Passenger Killed in Wisconsin Collision With Semi-Truck

Driving is a huge responsibility and should not be taken lightly. Even professional drivers say that a small mistake can cause a car accident, resulting in serious injury to a driver, as well as any passengers in the vehicle. Because the driver is the one considered responsible for the welfare of all passengers in his or her vehicle, it is critical that he or she pays close attention to the road and avoids distractions whenever possible.

Just before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday of this week, a 20-year-old woman was traveling south on Highway 63 in Grand View with another 20-year-old woman as her passenger when she lost control of her car. She apparently crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic, where she then collided with a semi-truck headed north on Highway 63.

The driver of the car was brought to Memorial Medical Center in Ashland and is currently in stable condition. Her passenger was air lifted from the accident scene by Life Link helicopter and taken to Essential Health St. Mary's in Duluth, where she later died from her injuries.

The man driving the semi-truck was not hurt in the collision.

While the accident is under investigation and we do not know exactly how or why this driver lost control of her car, the situation brings up an interesting point. Drivers are charged with protecting the safety and welfare of their passengers. If this particular accident was caused by the driver's carelessness, such as losing control of the car because she took her eyes off the road to change the radio station or failed to reduce her speed to account for icy roads, she may be held responsible for her passenger's death. Once the investigation is complete, we will have a better idea of any potential legal ramifications.

Source: Superior Telegram, "Crash victim in Bayfield County dies of injuries" 13 Jan. 2011

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