At around 4 a.m. on August 23rd, a man from San Antonio—who was stationed at Fort Polk in Leesville—dies, and drunk driving in Lake Charles claims another soldier’s life.
What Went Wrong?
The crash happened on Highway 385 just south of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish. The 22-year-old serviceman was trying to cross the highway when a Mazda pickup truck struck him. He was later transported to a hospital in Lake Charles where they discovered that he had succumbed to his injuries.
What Happened To The Driver?
The driver of the pickup had a suspended driver’s license, and a breathalyzer revealed that he had consumed more than the legal limit of alcohol. The man was subsequently charged with vehicular homicide, driving under suspension, and driving under the influence. Now he could be forced to spend up to 30 years in prison and pay up to $20,000 in fines.
How Often Do These Accidents Happen?
The officers of Louisiana State Police Troop D estimate that 63 percent of the fatal accidents they respond to involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This year they have responded to 18 fatal crashes, which have killed 19 people, but the police would prefer for that number to be lower. They recommend calling in to report impaired motorists by dialing 911 or calling the Louisiana State Police by dialing *LSP (*577) into your mobile phone.
The lawyers of Galloway Jefcoat can also help prevent drunk driving in Lake Charles by helping victims seek restitution against negligent drivers. Lawsuits can raise awareness and help prevent future accidents, so don’t be afraid to call an attorney to get help. Keep following our blog for more tips and information.
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