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Teen faces charges in fatal Missouri car accident

Any time cars pass each other on the roadway, it can lead to an accident. It can be especially dangerous if a car collides with another while trying to pass on the road. For an 18-year-old girl, the action of passing on the roadway led to a fatal Missouri car accident. She just pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the incident.

The 18-year-old was in the midst of passing another vehicle when she struck a car coming her way in the other lane. The 25-year-old woman driving the other vehicle was killed in the crash. The accident happened back in the fall of 2012 and the criminal aspect of the case has just commenced as the 18-year-old girl pleaded guilty.

The girl who pleaded guilty is scheduled to be told her sentence in late fall of this year. She was ultimately charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors contend the woman who was charged had smoked synthetic marijuana before the fatal accident.

There may be serious criminal consequences for the car accident, and the 18-year-old may even face jail time for the incident. Regardless of the criminal aspect of the case or what kind of punishment is handed down as a consequence of the girl pleading guilty, the family of the woman who was killed retains the right to file a civil suit in a Missouri court. A properly navigated wrongful death complaint could lead to an award of monetary damages that may help the family deal with the financial ramifications of the deadly car accident.

Source: KansasCity.com, Gladstone teen pleads guilty in accident that killed woman, No author, Oct. 19, 2013

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