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Tennessee oncologist killed in alleged drunk driving car accident

A well-known doctor of oncology from Hermitage has died in a two-car accident in Wilson County. The car accident occurred on a recent Tuesday evening after a 20-year-old driver crashed into the physician. The Tennessee crash happened along Stewarts Ferry Pike at approximately 9 p.m. in the evening.

The 20-year-old driver faces charges of failure to yield to a traffic signaling device and felony reckless endangerment. Authorities also believe they found evidence that the man was driving while intoxicated by drugs and alcohol. However, blood test results are still pending and he has yet to be charged with these offenses.

Tennessee troopers claim that the accident happened because the younger driver drove through an intersection without yielding to a traffic light. After entering the intersection, the man's vehicle connected with the 59-year-old doctor's car. The doctor was killed instantly.

One of the man's cancer patients, who has been cancer free since being treated by the doctor, said that he was a wonderful person and what happened to him was not fair. The doctor's foster daughter also made several statements, saying you could not find someone with a better heart than her foster dad. A witness of the crash said it was a very sad event to have witnessed in every respect.

When an important member of a Tennessee community is killed by a drunk driver, the after effects of the car accident can be devastating — both emotionally and financially — for all parties involved. For this reason, family members of fatal car accident victims may wish to pursue restitution in civil court. Damages pursued in such claims are not guaranteed, but, in certain instances, family members may have valid claims for lost family income, pain and suffering, end-of-life expenses and other categories of damages.

Source: wkrn.com, "Hermitage doctor killed in Wilson County crash, Driver charged", , Aug. 6, 2014

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