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Wrongful death case likely after driver abuses prescription drugs

A Milwaukee woman was charged with one count of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle for an accident that occurred in 2014. She was expected to enter a plea this month. When Wisconsin family members experience the loss of a loved due to the negligent action of another person, as in this incident, they may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit.  

Police report that a man was crossing the street one evening. Video surveillance footage shows that he had stopped to make sure the traffic had cleared before crossing. A car driven by a 34-year-old woman struck the man as he attempted to cross the street. The video showed that the driver applied her breaks just before she struck the pedestrian. The man passed away several hours after the accident.

The driver remained at the accident site and was interviewed by police officers. According to the police, the driver stated she had not consumed any alcohol, but had taken two Oxycodone tablets that day for back pain. She stated that she had been using her cell phone's navigation system when the accident occurred.

A blood test was administered to the driver after the wreck. The test revealed that the level of Oxycodone in her system did not match what she said she had taken. The toxicology reports showed that the level was outside the therapeutic levels of the drug. Police discovered empty prescription bottles in the driver's vehicle, one of which was not prescribed to the driver.

The driver was arrested and charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. When faced with a similar situation, surviving family members may contact a Wisconsin attorney familiar with personal injury law. An experienced lawyer can assist families in filing a wrongful death claim in civil court. A successful claim could provide compensation to survivors to help them cope with unexpected funeral expenses and deal with pain and suffering associated with their loss.

Source:, "Driver accused of abusing medication, causing deadly crash to enter plea", Deandra Corinthios, March 21, 2017

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