Two people were hit by a vehicle on a recent Friday afternoon while taking a walk. The car accident has left one person dead and another seriously injured on a Wisconsin roadway. The driver has been arrested and charged with reckless homicide, among other vehicular charges.
The accident took place when two pedestrians were walking down a residential street. A male driver veered off the road and slammed into both of the individuals. The two were taken to different hospitals and one of them was required to be airlifted. The male pedestrian died of his injuries. Authorities believe that the driver was under the influence of drugs and maintain that heroin was discovered in his vehicle.
Upon questioning, the driver supposedly admitted that he had, in fact, used the drug before the accident. Authorities also discovered that the driver has previous DUI charges and he was operating on a revoked license. The man faces multiple charges related to this accident, including DUI causing injuries and causing death while under the influence. He was also charged with reckless homicide.
A fatal car accident can be devastating for the families of the victims. The family of the deceased victim in this crash has the right to file a wrongful death claim. The victim that was seriously injured is entitled to file a personal injury claim. Under Wisconsin law, victims and families of deceased victims are able to recover costs such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages and pain and suffering. The court will determine damages based upon evidence of negligence of the other party.
Source: newssun.suntimes.com, Heroin use a possible factor in car accident that kills pedestrian in Waukegan, Dan Moran, Oct. 27, 2013