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Mystery solved, charges filed in fatal pedestrian accident

Alaska police had been investigating a recent motor vehicle crash when new information was brought to their attention. The fatal pedestrian accident took place just after 5:30 a.m. on a recent Monday. Some time later, a man called a local police station, claiming he was responsible for the collision.

The 20-year-old man reportedly spoke with police just before 5 p.m. the same day of the tragic accident. He allegedly said he had been the driver of the car that had struck another man at an intersection approximately 12 hours earlier. Authorities described a terrible situation that eventually led to the victim's death.

Investigation questions whether pilot negligence caused crash

The complex weave of terrain in many parts of Alaska often complicates rescue missions when aviation accidents occur. This seems to be the case in the aftermath of a recent tragedy involving two planes and resulting in multiple fatalities. Investigators are wondering whether pilot negligence was a causal factor in the crash that took the lives of everyone on-board both aircraft.

The situation developed on a recent Thursday when two aircraft collided in midair. One of the planes was manned by a 48-year-old pilot, and carried two passengers, ages 32 and 21. The other was flown by a 44-year-old man with a single passenger, age 40. Officials say the recovery team had a difficult time reaching the crash site.

Taking action against drunk drivers in Alaska

Learning that a loved one has been killed in a motor vehicle accident is obviously devastating. Family members are often left feeling helpless and confused about where to go for help when seeking justice against those who have caused their loved ones' deaths. Many accidents in Alaska are caused by drunk drivers; others are the result of drivers who are distracted or otherwise negligent. The surviving family members of deceased victims may have grounds to seek full financial accountability against wrongdoers in civil court.

Although it is difficult to think beyond one's grief in the aftermath of a fatal accident that has taken the life of a spouse, child or parent, it often becomes necessary when medical bills and other costs begin mounting. Funeral expenses and other related issues can bring sudden, unexpected financial strain to an already suffering family. Successfully litigated claims often provide compensation that can be used to help offset such financial losses.

Addressing issues that may arise following a pedestrian accident

Motorists in Alaska or on any other roadway in the nation are typically obligated to yield to people crossing the street on foot. When a driver is negligent, a pedestrian accident may occur. Injuries in such circumstances are often very serious and many are fatal.

In situations where motorists are found to have been negligent, a court may hold them accountable by ordering them to pay restitution to injured victims who have filed personal injury claims. Medical bills, emotional pain and suffering and loss of wages are among damages commonly listed in such claims. Many victims of pedestrian accidents are children.

Alaska man arrested after possible wrongful death accident

A man was recently released from a hospital in Alaska after being treated for injuries he suffered in a car accident. He was apparently behind the wheel at the time and has since been arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including homicide. The alleged wrongful death crash occurred in June 2016.

Police say the 28-year-old was drunk when his vehicle crashed, killing three people who were passengers, and injuring six other occupants. Authorities claim the man admitted to drinking two beers and also consumed several shots of liquor before driving that day. The breath sample he submitted after the crash allegedly showed that his blood alcohol content level was at least twice the legal limit.

Man charged in Alaska after apparent drunk driving accident

In the aftermath of some motor vehicle collisions, criminal charges may be filed if authorities determine there is cause to do so. One such incident recently occurred in Alaska, involving a 19-year-old man who now stands accused of several serious crimes after an apparent drunk driving accident. Sadly, there was one fatality in the crash.

The tragedy took place on a recent Tuesday. The driver is said to have been traveling with his high school friend, age 18, on their way to a public sauna. Their travels began at a local boat harbor some distance away.

Alaska car accident ends in multiple fatalities

A tragic incident occurred recently on a roadway in Alaska. A car accident involving more than one vehicle resulted in multiple fatalities. A thorough investigation was reportedly launched following the terrible collision. Preliminary results state that all those involved were wearing proper seat restraints at the time.

It was nearing 3 p.m. on a recent Saturday when the accident took place. It happened on a road in Kenai. Apparently, a 34-year-old man was behind the wheel of the vehicle that appears to have caused the crash. While traveling, his vehicle allegedly veered off course into the oncoming lane of traffic.

Financial devastation often follows the loss of a loved one

No Alaska parents wants to receive news that their 17-year-old child has been killed in an automobile accident. However, a recent crash involving two vehicles took the lives of two young girls both that age. Many times, a family who has suffered the loss of a loved one in a fatal crash is then hit with tremendous financial debt when faced with funeral expenses, medical bills for any treatment rendered before death and other costs.

The recent tragedy occurred on a Monday night when the two girls were traveling together in a sports utility vehicle. Apparently, a pickup truck collided with them, head-on, and their vehicle went underwater in a nearby creek. Officers estimated that the vehicle was at least five to seven feet underwater for an unknown period of time.

Pursuing justice in Alaska after a drunk driving accident

One can only imagine the horror of learning that a loved one has been killed in a motor vehicle collision. When an incident is believed to have been a drunk driving accident, a grieving family's sorrow may be intensified, accompanied by a strong desire for justice. In Alaska and all other states, an immediate family member of a fatal accident victim may file a wrongful death claim in a civil court against any and all parties deemed responsible for a death.

Prosecutors may also file criminal charges against drunk drivers in the aftermaths of car accidents. Such collisions often result in serious injuries or death. If a motorist is convicted in criminal court, the penalties may include time behind bars and/or substantial monetary fines. Similarly, a spouse, parent or adult child of a deceased accident victim may pursue a monetary judgment against that motorist for damages they have sustained.

Police dog hunts for driver after alleged wrongful death incident

A motor vehicle collision involving a minivan occurred recently in Alaska. The accident did not involve any other vehicles but did result in a fatality plus injuries to several others. The man reportedly behind the wheel at the time of the alleged wrongful death accident is said to have fled the area on foot.

The minivan that crashed did not have any rear seats inside. Multiple passengers were riding in the van when it crashed. It was just after 1 a.m. when the allegedly speeding vehicle began to flip and roll over several times before coming to a halt in a nearby parking lot.

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