Driver arrested for causing fatal Western Massachusetts car crash

A man and a girl recently lost their lives in a horrific motor vehicle accident. The car crash occurred in Western Massachusetts when two vehicles collided head-on. In addition to the fatalities, three others were injured. Police arrested one man and blamed him for causing the accident.

According to police, a 32-year-old man was driving a van that drifted across the centerline into oncoming traffic. A 3-year-old girl, the man's daughter, was riding in the van. After crossing the centerline, the van struck a pickup truck. The daughter of the van driver and the 71-year-old driver of the pickup were killed in the car crash. Three more van occupants, including the van driver, were injured in the incident.

Police arrested the van operator on charges of vehicular homicide, DUI and other crimes. Allegedly, alcohol played a role in this very unfortunate crash. As of Dec. 8, he was being held on bail of $50,000, and it was unknown if he had obtained a lawyer to represent him.

Drunk driving causes accidents every day in the state of Massachusetts. During the holidays, when people are attending various festivities, the roads can be more dangerous as there is a statistically higher number of inebriated drivers on the road. There is no way to completely secure oneself against the threat of being involved in such a car crash. Nevertheless, being alert, following all traffic laws and driving defensively can help to limit one's chances of getting into one. When an injury or death does occur, victims (or the families of fatal victims) have a right to seek justice via a personal injury or wrongful death action through our civil court system.

Source: boston.com, 2 dead, 3 injured in Mass. head-on crash, No author, Dec. 8, 2013

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