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A night out with friends ends in fatal car accident

Everyone deserves some time out with friends. However, when alcohol is involved, driving home after the festivities endangers the lives of everyone involved, along with innocent people on Florida's roadways. What began as a fun time could quickly turn into a fatal car accident.

This is what police suspect happened in a recent crash here in Florida. The driver, a 21-year-old man, was suspected of being impaired when his vehicle slammed into the back of another at an intersection around 2:20 a.m. on a Thursday morning. Two of the occupants of the vehicle struck by his car suffered fatal injuries.

The allegedly impaired driver had three passengers in his vehicle at the time of the accident. He and one of his passengers, a 23-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries and were transported to a hospital in the Orlando area. Another passenger, a 20-year-old man, suffered injuries initially characterized as minor. So far, the driver faces two counts of vehicular homicide, pending the results of a toxicology test. Depending on those results, he could face additional charges.

In addition to facing criminal proceedings in connection with this fatal car accident, he may also face wrongful death claims, and possibly personal injury claims. Successfully establishing that a negligent driver caused the injuries suffered in connection with a crash could result in an award of damages. In a case such as this where criminal charges are pending, any evidence prosecutors submit in court, or any conviction secured, could help establish such negligence in a related civil lawsuit.

Source: floridatoday.com, "Merritt Island driver charged in deadly Orange County crash", J.D. Gallop and Lamaur Stancil, May 11, 2017

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