The death of a loved one is always hard for your family, but when it happens suddenly due to a fatal accident caused by another person, it is always tragic. Those who find themselves in this situation may have legal recourse through the criminal courts for wrongful death, loss of companionship, emotional distress and other damages.
In this fatal accident, an elderly woman was killed in east Alabama when she was involved in a three-car accident. According to news from March 31, the accident happened at around 5:13 p.m. and left her dead while two others were left injured.
According to the story, the 85-year-old woman was a passenger in a 93-year-old man’s vehicle when they were involved in the collision with an SUV. News reports state that the driver of the SUV struck the passenger side of the elderly man’s vehicle, which resulted in the 85-year-old woman suffering serious injuries due to the impact. The deputy coroner on the scene reported that she pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
The 93-year-old man was airlifted to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus for immediate treatment of the injuries he suffered. The driver of the SUV refused treatment at the scene but was taken to the East Alabama Medical Center for treatment following the accident. Fortunately, the third driver involved in the accident was not hurt.
In this case, there are a lot of things to consider, like negligence, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distractions and even things like speeding or reckless driving. So far, one coroner on the scene reported that it may have been the late afternoon sun that caused the accident, but the investigation is still ongoing. The Auburn Police Department and Lee County Coroner will likely investigate the scene and those injured to determine what exactly happened and if there is any negligence involved in the accident. Reports state that alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor.
Source: WTVM.com, “Fatal accident claims the life of elderly woman in East Ala.” Elizabeth White, Roslyn Giles, Mar. 31, 2014