Drunk driving suspected in crash that killed pedestrian

Posted on in Wrongful Death

A man who hit and killed a pedestrian in South Lake Tahoe, California, may have been driving while intoxicated, according to police who are investigating the crash. Accidents like these are especially difficult for a victim's loved ones, who must go on with life knowing that such a devastating loss could have easily been prevented.

The fatal accident occurred Friday evening in front of a fast-food restaurant as a 51-year-old man attempted to cross the street. After he was found lying in the road emergency responders tried to resuscitate him as he was rushed to a hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Police, meanwhile, questioned the driver, a 49-year-old South Lake Tahoe man, and ultimately arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence.

This wasn't the first time the man had driven drunk, according to police. The man had been previously convicted of DUI and in fact was not supposed to be driving at the time of Friday night's accident because his license had been suspended for the previous offense.

A news report did point out that the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and the intersection was darkly lit. Nevertheless, it's upsetting to realize that if the driver had been following the law instead of driving on a suspended license, the man crossing the street would likely still be alive today. It's an argument his family members and their attorney are sure to make if they decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver in civil court.

Source:, "Police: Pedestrian killed in DUI accident," Feb. 23, 2013

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