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Wisconsin driver intoxicated at the time of fatal car accident?

Investigators say that toxicology results indicate that a Wisconsin driver's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit at the time of an accident earlier this year. As a result, the driver has now been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in connection with the fatal car accident that occurred in Aug. 2012 near Black River Falls. The driver of the vehicle that was struck by the man was seriously injured, and the passenger in that vehicle died.

The allegedly intoxicated driver was said to be traveling at a high rate of speed when he ran a stop sign. He then apparently careened into another vehicle occupied by the driver and one passenger. The passenger in that vehicle died as a result of the injuries she sustained during the accident.

The driver had to be taken by helicopter to an area hospital due to the severity of his injuries. The driver who ran the stop sign was also airlifted to an area hospital with serious injuries. The current condition of each is not known.

What is known is that the driver that apparently ran the stop sign causing the car accident may be defending himself in both criminal court and civil court. The family of the deceased passenger and the driver of the car that he hit each have the right to file civil action against the allegedly intoxicated driver. If they are able to prove that the driver acted negligently and that his actions caused the death of the passenger and the injuries to the driver, they may be awarded monetary compensation for their damages as provided under Wisconsin law.

Source: wxow.com, "Homicide charge filed against BRF man in fatal crash," Dec. 15, 2012

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