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Wrongful death claim pursued after Missouri car crash

Now that toxicology reports are in, the family of a deadly car accident victim has set the wheels in motion to seek damages. The family of a 46-year-old woman who was killed in a February Missouri car accident is filing a wrongful death suit against the estate of the driver who hit her. A 44-year-old boyfriend of the victim who was in the accident also died as a result of the crash.

A 25-year-old man was reportedly passing a vehicle and driving at approximately 80 mph. He collided with a car in the other lane. His car caught on fire, and police worked to extricate him from the vehicle. He was apparently not wearing a seat belt and died at a nearby medical facility.

Toxicology reports were released and show the driver deemed responsible for the crash was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana. The driver of the other car who died was affiliated with the St. Louis Art Museum, and she was partially through with her doctoral fellowship. Her boyfriend who also died in the crash was visiting to celebrate his birthday.

The deceased woman's mother has filed a wrongful death claim in a Missouri court and is seeking damages from the estate of the driver. Even though the driver's death has prevented the pursuance of any kind of criminal charges, a civil case may result in a determination that he was negligent and award damages from his estate. Any damages sought by the victim's family and won in court may help the family deal with the costs and other damages that inevitably result from these types of tragedies.

Source: stltoday.com, "Wrong-way driver in fatal crash in Ladue was drunk and high," Joel Currier, March 22, 2013

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