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Arizona driver recently convicted of a DWI causes fatal crash

When Arizona drivers get behind the wheel of a vehicle, they have the duty to drive safe. When a driver fails to uphold that duty, he or she could cause a serious or fatal accident. Depending on the factors that led to the crash, the driver at fault could face both criminal and civil penalties for his or her negligence or recklessness.

A 26-year-old Arizona man was recently arrested following a fatal crash that involved two other vehicles. According to preliminary reports, the young man was recently charged with driving under the influence. While driving with a suspended license in Chandler, he ran a red light and drove his pick-up truck through the intersection of Queen Creek and Dobson.

While traveling through the intersection, he collided with a Mini Cooper that was traveling north on Dobson. According to reports, the impact of the crash caused the passenger in the front seat to travel from their seat and land in the back seat of the vehicle. She was transported to the hospital with a head injury, and later died from her severe injuries.

The driver of the Mini Cooper was injured in the crash; however her injuries were not reported at this time. A third vehicle was involved, and the couple in that vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver, who was found sitting on a curb near the accident site, was arrested. He faces one count of manslaughter and three counts of endangerment. All of these charges are considered felonies in the state of Arizona.

When a driver causes a serious or fatal crash, he or she could face civil penalties as well as criminal charges. Those harmed in the crash could hold a negligent driver liable through a personal injury claim. When a victim is killed in a crash, loved ones could file a wrongful death suit. These civil actions could help recover compensation to cover expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and other related damages.

Source: Abc15.com, "Jonathan George Miller suspected of driving impaired before deadly crash in Chandler," Joe Enea, Dec. 7, 2015

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