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Fatal drunk driving accident results in vehicular homicide charge

Fatal drunk driving car crashes claim the lives of Tennessee residents virtually every single week, but that does not make hearing about them any easier. The people who suffer the most, though, are the family members and friends these fatal car accidents leave behind. Indeed, there is nothing worse than losing a loved one in an unexpected drunk driving car accident.

In one such fatal car accident that happened about two months ago, family members of a fatally injured 21-year-old man have suffered from such a loss of a loved one. Their loved one was riding in the vehicle of a friend, who has since been charged with vehicular homicide relating to the car accident. The 22-year-old driver tested with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20 percent -- well over double the legal limit. 

According to the police report regarding the crash, police were chasing the drunk driver before the accident because they had witnessed his car traveling erratically. However, while authorities were following the vehicle, it left he roadway and flipped over. The 22-year-old driver responsible for the accident was arraigned last Monday, but he has since been released on bond. 

Although the Tennessee drunk driving car accident happened two months ago on Jan. 26, the incident is still under investigation. As authorities uncover more evidence, more revelations may serve to support a wrongful death claim, should the deceased victim's family choose to pursue such an action in court. Further, if the driver is found guilty of vehicular homicide and drunk driving in this matter, such evidence will also be important in supporting any wrongful death claims brought against the man in civil court.

Source: wjhl.com, "Driver faces vehicular homicide two months after Greene County fatal crash", Lauren Haviland, March 23, 2015

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