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Alleged drunk driving accident leads to 1 death, 1 injury

Finding out that a loved one has died because of another motorist’s behavior behind the wheel can be grievous. However, a person may quickly become angered if he or she learns that the other motorist was drinking and driving at the time of the accident. One alleged drunk driving accident recently led to an individual’s death in Connecticut.

The crash occurred early in the morning on a Sunday. Police first believed they were responding to a crash simply involving one car that had hit a barrier. Two passengers were taken to the hospital; one of them, a man, was thrown from the vehicle, police said. The ejected individual ended up dying while in the hospital.

Meanwhile, the other passenger required surgery. Her condition remained critical, according to authorities. The driver suffered injuries deemed not to be life-threatening; he told police that another vehicle had cut him off. Police investigated the matter and was told by witnesses that another vehicle was involved; they then told police where to find this car. Police ended up finding this vehicle and charged the operator with DUI.

In this case, the parties deemed responsible for causing or contributing to the alleged drunk driving accident may be held liable for the injuries and death stemming from the accident. A preponderance of the evidence is needed to prove that the Connecticut accident was the result of negligence of another party or other parties to the crash. If the plaintiffs win their cases, they may be awarded financial damages that can help to cover their crash-related losses.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Drunk Driver Arrested After Fatal Crash in New Haven", Stephanie O'Connell, Aug. 24, 2014

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Drunk Driver Arrested After Fatal Crash in New Haven", Stephanie O'Connell, Aug. 24, 2014

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