Last fall, a couple was traveling on a Pennsylvania roadway when tragedy struck. A woman who was involved in the tragedy is now facing charges for homicide. Police who responded to the scene of a collision say the woman told paramedics she has consumed numerous alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel to drive that night. This type of incident often leads to a wrongful death claim in civil court.
The woman in question crashed head-on into the vehicle of the couple. Sadly, both the driver and passenger in the car that was struck suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Investigators say the woman’s blood alcohol content at the time of the collision was .30.
If an adult individual operates a motor vehicle in Pennsylvania with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, he or she may be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. In this case, the woman is facing charges of homicide by motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. She was released from jail on bail but has been told to appear in court in September.
It is tragic whenever a person suffers injuries in a Pennsylvania collision. Grief is always intensified when there is a loss of life, or — as in this case — lives. When an immediate family member loses a loved one in a collision where another party was negligent or reckless, he or she may file a wrongful death claim to seek compensation for damages. While no amount of compensation can alleviate the pain of such a loss, court-awarded monies can help cover funeral expenses and other financial damages associated with a specific collision.