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Wisconsin car accidents: Woman dead after crash with drunk driver

Losing loved ones is a tragedy, no matter what the circumstances. However, the losses seem even more devastating when they occur in car accidents by the reckless actions of another person. Recently, a Wisconsin woman was killed in an accident involving a drunk driver.

According to reports from the Waukesha Country Circuit Court, a 23-year-old woman was traveling south on a highway after 11:00 p.m. one evening. She crossed into the northbound lanes, prompting another driver to swerve to miss her car. The driver, a 59-year-old man, suffered minor injuries when his car flipped after he swerved. The woman stayed in the northbound lanes, then crashed head-on into a car driven by a 44-year-old Milwaukee woman. The county medical examiner's office pronounced that woman dead at the scene from multiple injuries.

The wrong-way driver initially told police that she hadn't drank much. However, the smell of alcohol was present, according to police. She reportedly told police later that she had taken prescriptions drugs with alcohol and shouldn't have been driving.

The woman was charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. She also faces a charge of causing injury while driving under the influence. If convicted, she could spend up to 26 years in jail and be required to pay $102,000 in fines.

When car accidents occur due to the negligence of another driver, surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit. While a favorable outcome in a lawsuit will never bring back a loved one, the monetary award can help survivors pay for unanticipated funeral expenses. An award can also be granted for grief and suffering as well as for lost wages or loss of companionship. A Wisconsin personal injury lawyer can help families navigate through the entire process and work toward achieving the best outcome in a claim.

Source:, "Pewaukee woman "too drunk to drive" charged in fatal Lisbon crash", Steven Martinez and Brittany Seemuth, Sept. 15, 2017

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