Massachusetts fatal car crash: 1 dead, 1 hurt, driver charged

It appears that yet another drunk driving accident has claimed the life of a college freshman on Massachusetts roadways. The fatal car crash occurred on the last Saturday in March, not long after 2 a.m. The collision occurred in Lakeville along Route 44.

A pickup truck apparently collided with a car operated by an 18-year-old woman. She was in her first year at Gordon College, and news of her death was quickly communicated throughout the college community by use of social media sites, including a Facebook memorial page. In addition to her death, a passenger in the pickup was airlifted to a Boston hospital. It was not clear if the 23-year-old woman driving the pickup suffered injuries in the crash.

Massachusetts law enforcement authorities say that drunk driving was a factor in the collision. The pickup driver was arrested and charged with a slew of DUI offenses, including an allegation of driving to endanger. She was scheduled to be formally arraigned in a local criminal court on the Monday following the weekend tragedy.

A fatal drunk driving car crash typically spawns both criminal and civil proceedings. While prosecutors will now take charge of the pending criminal charges, the victim's family is likely struggling to come to terms with their loss and wondering how it could have happened. They will surely follow the progress of the criminal proceedings and will also want to review the details of any official report of the accident investigation. Armed with that information, they have the right to seek redress through a wrongful death civil claim against the driver of the pickup. Moreover, the passenger seriously injured in the accident also has the right to make use of Massachusetts personal injury laws to press forward with a claim for reimbursement of monetary damages suffered.

Source: The Salem News, "Gordon freshman killed in accident," Ethan Forman, April 1, 2013

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