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Alaska man arrested after possible wrongful death accident

A man was recently released from a hospital in Alaska after being treated for injuries he suffered in a car accident. He was apparently behind the wheel at the time and has since been arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including homicide. The alleged wrongful death crash occurred in June 2016.

Police say the 28-year-old was drunk when his vehicle crashed, killing three people who were passengers, and injuring six other occupants. Authorities claim the man admitted to drinking two beers and also consumed several shots of liquor before driving that day. The breath sample he submitted after the crash allegedly showed that his blood alcohol content level was at least twice the legal limit.

Those involved in the accident were reportedly traveling in a company vehicle and were on their way to supper. Most of those injured were flown to an Anchorage hospital for urgent care. The three victims who died were ages 43, 51 and 57.

Among various charges the Alaskan man now faces are several counts of manslaughter, negligent homicide and assault. When a loved one has been killed in a motor vehicle crash caused by a drunk driver, an immediate family member can file a wrongful death claim in civil court against the person deemed responsible. To begin the process, that family member may want to discuss the situation in detail with an experienced personal injury attorney. Recounting the events that led to a crash allows an attorney to investigate the matter to help identify all possible sources of liability and determine what options are available that may increase chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in court.

Source:, "Driver charged in deadly Atka van crash leaves hospital, enters custody", Chris Klint, Aug. 11, 2016

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