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Impaired driving believed responsible for fatal crash

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In New York on March 16, a young man was driving his vehicle when he crashed, ripping his car in two. In the vehicle with him were two individuals, one of whom died in the wreck. Authorities believe that impaired driving is responsible for this tragic event.

According to reports, at approximately 3 a.m., a 26-year-old male was driving his vehicle on the Williamsburg Bridge when he struck a portion of the structure and crashed. A 21-year-old female died at the scene. A 24-year-old male was also in the car. It is unknown if he suffered any injuries.

The driver was arrested soon after the accident occurred. According to authorities, he admitted to having two drinks before operating his vehicle -- toxicology reports are still pending in order to confirm impairment. They also claim that he was speeding. Currently, this individual is charged with vehicular assault, manslaughter and DUI. He has been released on bail, and his next court date is scheduled for May 8.

In New York and other states, when a fatal accident is the result of impaired driving, the victim's surviving family members may have legal recourse. In this case, the decedent's loved ones may file a wrongful death claim against the driver believed responsible for her death, as well as any other legal claims that may be appropriate. If they, with the assistance of an experienced attorney, are able to successfully establish negligence to the satisfaction of the court, a monetary judgment may be granted in their favor.

Source: New York Daily News, "DUI driver in deadly Williamsburg Bridge wreck is all smiles outside courthouse", Shayna Jacobs, March 21, 2017

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