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West Virginia woman charged with DUI-causing death


The downside to driver safety is the fact that no matter how safe a driver is; there is still a chance a negligent driver could collide with them. Although a driver is expected to uphold a certain standard of care when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle, when a driver speeds, fails to stop or yield, does not use a turn signal or fails to check a blind spot, their negligence could lead to a crash. Moreover, if a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, this form of negligence and recklessness could result in a DUI accident.

West Virginia police recently arrested and charged a 31-year-old woman with a DUI-causing death. The accident occurred in November 2014, and the driver was recently arraigned for DUI-causing death plus three counts of DUI-causing bodily injury and one count of DUI-with a minor in a vehicle.

According to preliminary reports, the accident occurred on Route 10 in Cabell County when a driver crossed the centerline, colliding with another vehicle head-on. The driver of the other vehicle was critically injured and later died from his injuries. The two passengers in the deceased drivers vehicle were also injured in the crash. It is not clear whether the other driver and her 10-year-old daughter suffered any injuries in the accident.

The driver of the vehicle that crossed the centerline was traveling between 87 and 90 mph at the time of the collision. The speed limit on the road is 55 mph. Following the accident, the 31-year old driver stated to police officers that she took Neurontin and Ultram about an hour before driving. Authorities sought a blood test, and the driver agreed to one. The recent complaint filed against the driver suggests that the test found traces of Gabapentin, Pseudoephedrine, Amphetamine, Meth, Tramadol and O-Desmethyltramadol in her system.

Following a DUI accident, those injured or affected by the incident might have legal rights and remedies. A civil action such as a wrongful death suit or a personal injury claim could hold a negligent driver responsible for the losses and damages the accident caused to the victims and their loved ones.

Source: Wsaz.com, "Driver Charged with DUI Causing Death from November Accident," April 27, 2015

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