Motor vehicle accidents: Alleged DUI driver kills pedestrian

A significant percentage of annual crash fatalities nationwide is caused by drunk driving. Despite the strict, zero-tolerance DUI laws in Arizona, lives are still lost due to drunk driving motor vehicle accidents. One such an incident occurred in Phoenix on a recent Thursday.

According to a report prepared by the Phoenix police, a pedestrian was struck by a car at approximately 11 p.m. Reportedly, an 18-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle, allowing it to mount the sidewalk. Witnesses say one pedestrian was fortunate to move out of the way and avoid being struck, but the car smashed into a second person. Authorities say the injured pedestrian later succumbed to his injuries.

Further reports by the witnesses indicate that the driver appeared to have been passed out in the vehicle. However, when he was helped out of the car, he allegedly tried to flee the accident scene. Reportedly, he was held down until the arrival of law enforcement. According to police, after it was determined that marijuana impaired the driver, he allegedly admitted to smoking it shortly before the accident.

Arizona families who have lost loved ones in motor vehicle accidents resulting from the negligence or impairment of others may be entitled to pursue claims for financial relief. The legal proceedings could be challenging, especially when it comes to establishing negligence for a wrongful death lawsuit in an Arizona civil court. For that reason, many people choose to leave the navigation of the claim to an experienced personal injury attorney. With a lawyer's support and guidance, the surviving family members could receive compensation for financial and emotional damages.

Source: ABC 15, "PD: Witnesses hold suspect in deadly Phoenix DUI crash", Joe Enea, Jan. 25, 2018

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