A 23-year-old man recently appeared in Tennessee court to face charges relating to a deadly accident. Police claim that the man led them on a high speed chase that resulted in a fatal car accident. The man must now answer vehicular homicide charges in court. In addition, he was also charged with theft, reckless endangerment and evading arrest.
The chase and the accident happened on May 21. Tennessee troopers allege that the man was operating a stolen vehicle while accompanied by a 17-year-old. Troopers further allege that the man was trying to escape from them when his vehicle went out of control, hit multiple trees and fell down an embankment. Tragically, the 17-year-old did not survive the incident.
The driver appeared in court in a wheel chair and wearing a neck brace. An attorney representing him informed the judge during his court appearance that they were still waiting for the results of toxicology evidence. They are also waiting for an accident reconstruction investigation to be completed.
This Tennessee car accident case is a tragedy considering the loss of the teenager's life. The young man's family is no doubt heartbroken and dealing with extremely difficult emotions. They are also dealing with the high cost of end of life expenses, including funeral and memorial services. Considering these financial and emotional costs, the family may wish to seek wrongful death damages from the driver who lost control of his car while evading police. If the driver is convicted, it could serve as strong evidence for civil claims relating to the teen's wrongful death; moreover, the deceased teen's parents may also investigate their own car insurance policy to determine if uninsured or underinsured coverage is available.
Source: goblueridge.com, "Fatal Wreck Suspect Appears in Tennessee Court", Steve Frank, June 3, 2015