2 Dead In Oklahoma Car Accident, Driver Charged With DUI
According to police, a two-vehicle car accident that occurred on the night of Sept. 1 has left two people dead. The driver who allegedly caused the accident faces charges of DUI and manslaughter.
The 28-year-old defendant was accused of driving while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol when he slammed into the back of a vehicle that was stopped at a red light at an intersection. The impact of the collision caused both vehicles to slide through the intersection before slamming into a telephone pole. Both occupants in the vehicle that was hit were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
The accused man was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries. One day after the incident, he was expected to be released and taken into police custody on multiple charges, including causing a fatality without a state driver's license in addition to the manslaughter and DUI charges.
When a car accident occurs, those involved often suffer serious injuries that can be life-altering or fatal. In cases where a driver is found to be responsible for the death of a passenger or another vehicle occupant, the deceased person's loved ones may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the accused driver. This claim allows the family of the deceased person to hold the driver responsible for any economic or non-economic damages that they sustained. These damages often include any medical or funeral expenses relating to the deadly injuries as well as the loss of financial support or earnings and loss of companionship.
Source: KOKH, "Two killed in Labor Day accident in Oklahoma City, driver arrested for DUI", Jay Dillon, September 02, 2014