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New tragedy for grieving family in recent drunk driving death

Summer nights in Wisconsin often mean late hours out partying with friends and enjoying life for many young adults. Although at the young age of 24 an individual may feel invincible, all people should make good decisions when partaking of alcohol, particularly when driving is involved. A car crash involving a drunk driver may seriously impact both the life of the driver and the other party involved in the accident. For a family who lost a mother and daughter a little over a year ago, the decision of one young man to drive while drunk and distracted meant more grief for the remaining family members.

According to law enforcement officials, a motorcycle driver in Kansas was killed after being hit by a truck that was then abandoned at the scene. After determining whom the truck was registered to and reconstructing the accident, police felt there was enough evidence for prosecutors to charge the truck’s driver with involuntary manslaughter.

Police claim the man was driving drunk and talking on the phone to his girlfriend when he ran a red light and hit the motorcycle. He then left the scene, and his girlfriend refused to give a statement to police.

Although he was originally arrested when he visited the police station with his attorney, prosecutors did not feel they had enough evidence to be comfortable charging him until recently. Regardless of the timeline, a grieving family is left without yet another family member, and may have the option to seek money from the drunk driver for the loss of their loved one and provider.

Source: KCTV, “Man accused of driving drunk, killing man whose daughter, wife died due to drunk driver,” DeAnn Smith, July 15, 2013

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