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Alaska drunk driving accident kills 1

Teen drivers are generally some of the most inexperienced drivers. They lack the years of driving that typically benefit older drivers, and this inexperience is often exacerbated when alcohol is involved. When an accident results, the consequences can be devastating and even result in serious injury or even death. Police say that one such drunk driving accident in Anchorage left a bicyclist dead in the summer, and now the driver is facing criminal charges in Alaska.

The original accident took place on the morning of July 19 and involved a standard car and a bicycle. Police say that the driver was traveling along a road in front of the bicyclist. Apparently, she decided she was going in the wrong direction and backed up to turn around. She then struck the rider and drove off.

Emergency personnel transported the victim to the hospital soon after the accident, but he sadly passed away a short time after arriving. Police found the car that was involved near the scene of the accident and promptly arrested the 17-year-old driver. The girl is now facing DUI charges, along with manslaughter and failing to help an injured person after an accident.

Regardless of whether the driver is found guilty of the charges brought against her, the family of the deceased drunk driving accident victim may have the right to seek monetary redress. This would typically be accomplished by means of a wrongful death civil lawsuit in Alaska. If successful, any financial relief awarded could be used to pay for any of the final expenses of the victim as well as other monetary damages recognized by our laws.

Source: Alaska Dispatch, "Anchorage teen charged with manslaughter, DUI in cyclist death", Tegan Hanlon, Aug. 7, 2014

Source: Alaska Dispatch, "Anchorage teen charged with manslaughter, DUI in cyclist death", Tegan Hanlon, Aug. 7, 2014

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