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Alaska motorist suspected of DUI and wrongful death

A man was recently arrested after police received a call reporting an apparent drunk driver. The situation that unfolded resulted in multiple charges being filed against the Alaska motorist. Police initially thought they were responding to a fatal DUI collision, but they have since stated that they believe the suspected wrongful death may have actually occurred before the car crashed.

Apparently, the suspected drunk driver smashed his vehicle into a light pole. When responding police officers began to investigate the situation, the discovered a deceased female passenger in the man's car. They assumed she had died upon impact in the collision.

However, after further investigation, police began to suspect that the woman's fatal injuries had occurred before the vehicle crashed. Hence, days later, the man was deemed responsible for the crash and the death, and he was charged with drunk driving, kidnapping, sexual assault and murder. It is reportedly not the first time the 34-year-old man has been in trouble with the law.

In 2003, the suspect served several time in prison for aiming a firearm at a police officer. The incident that led to those charges also involved a suspected drunk driving situation, as well as drug possession and weapons violations. The man was scheduled for arraignment in another state.

After an apparent drunk driving accident in Alaska, families of deceased victims may become involved if they file wrongful death claims in civil court. This may be done when another person is deemed responsible for a loved one's death. In a successfully litigated case, a family may receive compensation that can help pay funeral expenses and cover other costs associated with a family member's tragic death.

Source:, "Suspect in DUI-crash-turned-murder case pointed gun at Anchorage police in 2003", Chris Klint, June 29, 2016

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