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Driver faces charges in drunk driving accident that killed 1

On a recent Saturday night, four individuals were involved in a fatal car accident in Rhode Island. One person was killed and two others were injured in this alleged drunk driving accident. The vehicle began veering to the right before it struck a mailbox. It then veered to the left and ended up crossing all lanes of traffic. The car came to rest on the opposite side of the highway and struck a utility pole.

None of the individuals in the vehicle were properly restrained. The 17-year-old passenger in the front seat was pronounced deceased upon arrival at the medical facility. The 20-year-old passenger in the back seat was seriously hurt, but he did not sustain life-threatening injuries. The other back-seat passenger, a 22-year-old male, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and is said to be in critical condition.  

Investigators say that the 18-year-old driver of the vehicle showed signs of intoxication at the scene of the accident. Aside from alcohol, investigators believe that speed may have been a factor in the accident. The driver has been charged with DUI resulting in death and serious bodily injury, in addition to other related charges.

Although he is facing criminal consequences for his role in the drunk driving accident, the injured victims and the family of the deceased teenage girl may be interested in pursuing other options. It may be possible to file a legal claim to hold the driver responsible for medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and funeral expenses. Legal professionals can assist Rhode Island residents who find themselves in similar situations to determine the best way to move forward in such terrible situations.

Source: whdh.com, "Exeter man charged with DUI after car crash killed 1, injured 2", Feb. 26, 2016

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