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Woman charged for wrongful death in Alaska

Car accidents can be tragic enough if the victims suffer serious injuries, but if an individual is killed in the accident, it can be extremely trying on the family of the victim. The emotional pain of losing a loved one can impair the lives of those impacted, especially if the death is sudden and unexpected. If an individual is found at fault, the judicial process that can occur after the accident can act as a daily reminder for the family of their loss. One woman in Alaska was recently charged for her involvement in a fatal car accident that occurred several months earlier, which caused the wrongful death of a young girl.

The accident took place in May of 2014 when a motor vehicle struck a 4-year-old girl who was riding her bike at the time of the accident. Initial investigations showed that the driver may have been on her cell phone at the time of the accident. The accident tragically killed the small girl.

Alaska police did not suspect the driver of intoxication at the time of the accident. The woman is being charged with criminally negligent homicide, and she could face up to four years in prison. This is the third death of a bicyclist by car accident this year in Anchorage.

Regardless of whether the driver is found guilty for her involvement in the car accident, the family of the little girl may have the right to seek monetary compensation for the wrongful death. Compensation could be used by the family to pay for any final expenses of their loved one. Hopefully, this could allow the family to feel some sort of justice while coming to terms with their tragic loss.

Source: Alaska Public Media, "Woman charged with negligent homicide for killing child on bike", Anne Hillman, Aug. 8, 2014

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