As the holidays approach, many people in Massachusetts are making plans to spend time with their family members. Typically a happy time, the holidays are also a reminder of deceased loved ones. Unfortunately, one family will likely associate this time of year with the loss of their young loved one after he was killed in a fatal car accident.
According to police reports, the accident happened during the early morning hours of a day in November. A 26-year-old male driver allegedly attempted to make an unsafe lane change. As a result, police claim, he struck the rear of a sports utility vehicle driven by a 21-year-old male. The first car then burst into flames.
Police say that a third vehicle then drove into the accident site, striking the driver of the SUV. The driver of this vehicle reportedly did not remain at the scene. The SUV driver was taken to the hospital, but he ultimately died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the accident. While police search for the driver believed to have struck the deceased victim, the driver of the first vehicle now faces several charges as police claim he caused the accident, including drunk driving, speeding, and negligent operation of a vehicle.
The identity of the victim has not been released as Massachusetts officials wait to ensure family members have been informed. While it is never easy to lose a loved one, an unexpected loss so near a period of the year devoted to family togetherness is often especially devastating. Beyond coping with their grief, many families who have recently lost a loved one find themselves struggling with the financial ramifications of their loss. Often, medical bills and funeral expenses create added stress for families who are already suffering. To help ease their financial stresses, many families turn to the civil court; if negligence can be proved, they could receive an award of damages to help cope with costs stemming from a car accident.
Source: wwlp.com, "One killed, man arrested after multiple car crash on I-91", Tamara Sacharczyk and Matt Caron, Nov. 22, 2015