An outing among friends turned tragic on July 18 as four of eight women in a limousine were killed when the vehicle collided with a pickup truck. California residents may have heard about this accident that took place in Long Island, and the Suffolk County District Attorney said the crash may have happened because the driver of the truck had consumed alcohol earlier in the day.
The accident occurred when the pickup slammed into the limo that was attempting to turn at an intersection by making a legal U-turn, and the speed of both vehicles is currently unknown. Both drivers suffered injuries, and the four women who survived the crash all reportedly received serious injuries. The district attorney commented that the women in their early 20s did the right thing by hiring a limo since they were touring a winery, and a chemical test revealed that the limo driver had no alcohol in his system.
The truck driver reportedly admitted to drinking beer while at home but has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while under the influence. The charges may be upgraded depending on what a blood test reveals about his level of intoxication at the time of the accident. Police officers apparently brought the truck driver back to the scene of the crash when he left about 15 minutes after the accident.
An attorney might investigate a crash like this further to find out if negligence was the cause. Legal counsel may then be able to assist an injured victim in seeking damages from the responsible party. In the event of a fatality, surviving family members may want to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit in order to receive compensation for the loss of a loved one.
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