The intersection of Klug Pines Road and West 70th Street in Shreveport became the scene of a fatal two-car accident on May 22. One of the vehicles was traveling south on Klug Pines Road while the other vehicle was headed west on West 70th Street. The southbound vehicle slammed into the driver's side of the westbound vehicle. Investigators are still in the process of determining what exactly caused the car wreck.
Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the crash. However, state law requires toxicology testing to be done when there is a fatality as a result of an accident. The driver believed responsible for the accident, a 66-year-old Louisiana woman, did not suffer serious injuries in the crash. Nonetheless, she was taken to the hospital in order to have the state required blood draw for toxicology done.
The driver of the other vehicle involved, a 70-year-old woman also from Louisiana, was taken to an area hospital with unspecified injuries. The woman passed away at the hospital from the injuries she sustained in the crash, notwithstanding the efforts of medical personnel at the hospital. It remains to be seen whether the driver of the southbound vehicle will be criminally charged.
There is also a question as to whether the family of the victim will exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against the other driver involved in this car wreck. Before the family makes that determination, they will have the unfortunate responsibility of prematurely burying their loved one. As they struggle to come to terms with their loss, they will surely also want to follow the progress of the official investigation and any related criminal proceedings, should charges result. Regardless, the family may also elect the consider the viability of pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit, and they may gain by researching their legal rights under Louisiana laws.
Source: arklatexhomepage.com, "Fatal crash victim identified," Nancy Cook, May 23, 2013