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Horrific car accident kills innocent woman in Kansas City

Every so often, a car accident case defies explanation. Missouri's negligence laws address circumstances where errors in judgment cause injury. Most people involved in a car accident don't plan for it to happen. Sometimes collisions are the result of a moment's distraction or even impatience. Occasionally, someone's conduct is considered so egregious that the law considers it reckless, which may have been the case in a recent accident.

A 33-year-old Kansas woman was killed and another person injured when a 51-year-old man caused a car accident after reaching speeds of up to 110 miles per hour as he exited Interstate 70. The man crashed into three vehicles. An early news report did not indicate if the deceased victim was a pedestrian or in one of the vehicles struck by the man's vehicle. The second person said to be injured was identified as a passenger in the car with the man, though it is not clear if there was more than one individual riding with him. A female passenger in his vehicle was said to have urged the man to stop, but he purportedly said he was not in fear of dying.

The man subsequently tested positive for marijuana and other unidentified drugs. There was no information released concerning any injuries he may have suffered in the fatal car accident. He was placed under arrest and authorities requested that the court detain the man on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

Senselessly, one woman is dead and another individual injured. Nothing can atone for the tragic loss of life, and it can only be hoped that the second victim fully recovers. The law in Columbia and throughout the state of Missouri provides for the right of a victim's estate to pursue a wrongful death claim in such circumstances and also provides for the right of someone injured to seek financial remuneration. In instances where a driver's conduct is found to be reckless, punitive damages may be assessed in addition to any compensatory damages awarded. Money will not bring the victim back to life, but the family may gain a small sense of justice in holding an individual responsible for such tragic consequences fully accountable for his actions.

Source: KMBC.com, "Driver charged in fatal Blue Springs crash," Feb. 22, 2012

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