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Drunk driving blamed for fatal hit-and-run in Tennessee

People have a longing for their neighborhoods to be places in which they feel safe, a place where they can walk along the street without fearing for their lives. Unfortunately, one community is experiencing a tragedy following a fatal car accident. The Tennessee hit-and-run involving two pedestrians has led to charges for drunk driving against the party believed responsible.

A couple was walking along a roadway on their way to pick up some chairs from a nearby garage sale. It was early in the afternoon when others in the area reported that they heard a motor vehicle collide with something substantial. Tragically, the witnesses found the couple lying on the street. Authorities quickly arrived at the scene of the crash, and both victims were transported to nearby hospitals.

One of the victims, a woman, received treatment for the injuries that she suffered, while the other victim, a man, was rushed to an emergency room. He was unable to overcome the trauma that he suffered. The driver reportedly responsible failed to stop at the scene, though officials caught up with him further along the road. He is facing charges for DUI and vehicular homicide, in addition to several others.

The surviving victim has the right to file civil claims for her personal injury. The family members of the man who lost his life also have the right to file claims for his wrongful death. Taking action in this Tennessee drunk driving accident may give those grieving some sense of comfort. Additionally, if these claims are successfully litigated, they may result in some financial compensation for the medical expenses and other monetary damages accruing as a result of the tragedy.

Source: wkrn.com, "Driver faces 3rd DUI charge after hitting 2 pedestrians; killing 1", Oct. 15, 2016

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