A North Carolina woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 2, west of Oak Grove, on December 16.
James Bell, a 43-year-old man who was driving while impaired, crossed the centerline on a two-lane road and hit a vehicle driving in the opposite direction, injuring the driver, Gabriel Snyder, and killing his passenger, Lydia Snyder. A 5-year-old child in Bell’s truck was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Bell was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, two counts of negligent injury and driving left of center. Because there was a child under the age of 12 in his car when he was charged with impaired driving, he will face mandatory sanctions under Louisiana state law, including fines and jail time.
Bell endangered not only himself and other drivers, but also the life of an innocent young child who now faces a hospital stay and painful injuries.
My Child Was Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident. What Can I Do to Provide for Him?
In cases of drunk driving, there are two ways to punish the drunk driver. One is through the criminal courts, where the police will lay charges against the perpetrator. If you, the victim, wish to file a civil lawsuit against the drunk driver, that is your responsibility, not the state’s. Even if the driver’s criminal trial finds him or her not guilty, you could still be entitled to compensation for the damage to your vehicle and your child’s injuries.
Galloway Jefcoat can help you start that process. We investigate accidents in depth and help our clients receive the compensation they deserve. Check out our Facebook page for more information.
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Did You Know? Due to enforcement efforts and Louisiana’s mandatory interlock law, drunk driving deaths have decreased by 40 percent, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.