Man suspected of drunk driving in fatal car crash

A man involved in a recent motor vehicle collision publicly sought forgiveness from the family of a young victim. The Arizona car crash resulted in a fatality when a motorist suspected of drunk driving allegedly failed to obey a traffic light and slammed into another vehicle on the road. A 6-year-old child was killed in the terrible accident.

At the time of this writing, no formal charges had yet been filed against the man. Authorities say they believe he had consumed copious amounts of whiskey, beer and cocaine before driving when the accident occurred. The family in the other vehicle where the child was killed was reportedly on the way to church when their lives were changed forever.

To complicate matters further, the motorist deemed responsible for the collision is said to be an immigrant in the United States. Officials did report, however, that his residency status is not illegal. The deceased child's grandmother said that, although she forgives the man as he asked her and the rest of her family to do, she also hopes the situation raises awareness regarding the potentially deadly consequences of drunk driving.

Any Arizona car crash that results in the death of a child may be grounds for a wrongful death claim, especially if the person deemed responsible was intoxicated while driving. In situations where criminal charges are filed against a driver who caused an accident, the evidence of the case may be used to help substantiate a civil claim relating to the same incident. When one is overcome with grief, it may be difficult to think clearly in order to determine how best to address a particular situation in court. In such circumstances, support can be sought through the experienced guidance of a personal injury attorney.

Source:, "ICE requests custody of man in deadly Phoenix crash", Jon Erickson, Oct. 4, 2016

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