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Passenger killed in nighttime drunk driving wreck

On Behalf of | May 5, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

There is never a good reason to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Driving under the influence of alcohol is reckless and one of the most dangerous things a person can do. Every year, thousands of people throughout the country are hurt or killed in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers. Although law enforcement agencies in Tennessee have done a great job of educating the public about the dangers of drunk driving, people continue to drink and drive.

Fatal DUI crash

A driver in Knoxville is facing serious charges after allegedly driving while intoxicated and crashing. The incident happened during the overnight hours on Island Home Avenue near Fisher Place. According to reports from Knoxville police, a black sedan was traveling on Island Home Avenue when the car ran off the roadway and crashed into a utility pole.

Authorities said a passenger in the sedan was seriously injured and taken to an area hospital. Tragically, the passenger was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police said they arrested the 21-year-old driver and charged him with driving under the influence and vehicular homicide.

Options for legal recourse

The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult things a person can experience. The trauma is magnified when a loved one is killed by a drunk driver. The surviving family members of the deceased passenger in this Tennessee crash likely have grounds to take legal action against the driver who was charged. By speaking with a skilled litigator and filing a wrongful death claim, family members could obtain much-needed and deserved compensation to help ease the financial burdens that often come with these tragedies.