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Alaska fatal crash appears to be drunk driving accident

Passengers who willingly get into vehicles operated by people who are intoxicated are at a great risk of being involved in a drunk driving accident. In fact, they could become the victims of fatal drunk driving accident incidents like one that took place recently in Alaska. The accident is a sad reminder of how quickly a night out can turn into a tragedy.

The single-vehicle crash occurred close to Fairbanks in early February and involved a pickup truck that rolled over several times. Authorities were called to the scene in the early morning hours. When they arrived, they discovered that two people were injured. The driver received treatment at a nearby medical facility, but his passenger succumbed to her injuries at the scene, according to emergency personnel. She had been thrown from the truck, presumably as it was rolling.

The underlying cause of the incident is thought to be negligence on the part of the driver. To that end, authorities have charged him with negligent homicide. They have said that they believe he was intoxicated, which they feel contributed to him losing control of the truck and the subsequent death of his passenger.

At this point, it will be up to the Alaska State Troopers to determine whether this was a drunk driving accident. Meanwhile, the victim's loved ones are being forced to endure the grief associated with their loss. In situations such as this one, surviving family members may find that compensation is a possibility if they pursue a wrongful death suit against the allegedly negligent driver who they believe is responsible for their loved one's death. A monetary settlement could at least help them offset the financial burdens related to the crash.

Source:, "Fairbanks woman killed in rollover crash near North Pole", Devin Kelly, Feb. 7, 2015

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