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One killed, another injured in Arizona drunk driving crash

Drivers in Arizona might witness small forms of negligence on the road every time they travel in a vehicle. This might be a car speeding by them, a car traveling too closely behind them or a driver failing to use a turn signal. While these acts of negligence could lead to a minor accident, more serious forms of negligence behind the wheel, such as drunk driving, tend to cause serious and even fatal accidents.

Police in Arizona were recently dispatched to a fatal two-car accident. According to preliminary reports, the accident occurred when a driver of a BMW was traveling more than 70 mph in a 40 mph zone. Police believe the driver of the BMW struck the back of a Kia heading in the same direction, resulting in both vehicles losing control.

The Kia rolled and landed on the side of the road. The driver of the vehicle suffered fatal injuries and died later at the hospital. The passenger of the Kia was transported to the hospital for their critical injuries. According to witness statements, the driver and passenger of the BMW did not look badly injured, and a witness claimed that the passenger fled the scene. Presumably the driver also attempted to flee, but witnesses convinced him to remain at the scene.

Reports indicate that officers observed a strong odor of alcohol on the breath of the driver and that he admitted to drinking before driving. Following the drunk driving crash, the driver was arrested and being held on suspicion for manslaughter, aggravated assault, endangerment and hit and run.

When a negligent driver creates a dangerous situation on the roadway by drinking and driving and speeding, those harmed by the incident have recourses available to them. A civil action such as a personal injury suit or a wrongful death suit could help victims and their loved ones collect compensation for their losses and damages.

Source: Azcentral.com, "High-speed Tempe wreck leaves 1 dead, 1 critical," Richard Ruelas and Whitney M Woodworth, Jan. 18, 2016

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