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St. Croix accident victim dies at the scene

Police are currently investigating an accident that left a 74-year-old driver dead in Wisconsin's St. Croix County. The Houlton woman was killed in a collision that involved one other vehicle. Her 2001 Hyundai Accent was pulling out of a parking lot near a stop sign when it was hit on the driver's side by a 27-year-old woman passing by in a 2004 Mazda Tribute. Police say that she was declared dead on site.

This accident on State Trunk Highway 35/64 also resulted in injuries for the oncoming driver who struck the elderly woman. She was later transported to St. Paul's Region's Hospital, and a 25-year-old woman riding in her vehicle also sustained less than critical injuries in the neck area. St. Croix County Sheriff's Office officials reported that the collision activated airbags in both vehicles and that all of the people in the cars had their seat belts on at the time of the fatal accident.

Although accidents such as these often seem clear cut to the surviving relatives of the deceased, they don't always play out that way in court. Pending investigations, new evidence and counter claims from the other drivers may result in lengthy court cases and extensive legal fees.

Although it is unknown whether the deceased woman's age contributed to her death, car accidents can easily result in fatalities or severe injuries for normally healthy victims. Medical treatment fees and funeral costs may accrue quickly following such incidents. In many cases, survivors and victims employ legal counsel in order to learn how to seek compensation or prove that they were not at fault.

Source: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/, "Wisconsin Woman Killed In St. Croix Co. Car Crash", May 13, 2013

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