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Alaska teen indicted on charges stemming from car accident

A fatal car accident is never easy on the family of the deceased victim, and the months after the accident can often be just as difficult as the initial shock. If the driver who caused the accident faces charges, the judicial process can be long and act as a constant reminder to the family of the deceased victim. In Alaska, one teenager was finally indicted for his involvement in a fatal car accident that occurred eight months ago.

The accident took place in the spring of 2014 and involved an SUV and a semi truck. The collision took place after the defendant reportedly attempted to make a left turn, while failing to yield to an oncoming tractor-trailer. The defendant's SUV was then T-boned by the massive truck.

The series of events ended in the death of one of the passengers in the SUV and in the other being seriously injured. The injured victim is still in rehabilitation due to the injuries that he received. A grand jury indicted the Alaska SUV driver on a manslaughter charge and two counts of felony assault, along with criminally negligent homicide.

Regardless of whether the driver is found guilty of the charges brought against him from the car accident, the family members of the deceased victim may have the right to seek compensation for their loss. Wrongful death compensation could be used by the family of the victim to pay for their loved one's final expenses. Although compensation could relieve some of the stress that can be caused by unexpected bills, it, unfortunately, can never heal the emotional wounds that a family is left with after a death. 

Source:, "Teen indicted in fatal Juneau car crash", Nov. 19, 2014

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