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Intoxicated driver causes fatal Arkansas crash

An 18-year-old man is dead following a single-vehicle accident in Springdale on Aug. 11. The motor vehicle accident occurred around 4 a.m. and was caused by an allegedly intoxicated driver who is facing charges in relation to the crash.

Five people, including the driver, were in the vehicle as it traveled west on East Meadow Avenue when the driver reportedly lost control near North Commercial Street. According to the driver, he lost control after crossing the railroad tracks. The vehicle rolled multiple times, and authorities found it upside down in a parking lot.

Several people were injured in the crash, including two passengers who had been ejected from the vehicle. One of those passengers died at the scene, and the other suffered serious injuries and was admitted to Washington Regional Medical Center. The driver had been wearing a seat belt and suffered no injuries. Two passengers fled the scene of the accident, one of which is still unidentified. The other went to Northwest Medical Center.

A court document reveals that the driver allegedly admitted to being buzzed and having consumed several alcoholic beverages as well as used marijuana within 24 hours of the accident. He has been charged with second-degree battery and negligent homicide.

Driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance, such as alcohol or marijuana, can be considered an act of negligence. If someone in an intoxicated state causes the death of another, not only can he or she face criminal charges, but also a civil claim from the family of the deceased. If a decedent's immediate family members or estate chooses to file such a claim, they may receive a financial award that could help them cover their accident-related expenses, such as the decedent's funeral and final medical costs.

Source: KFSM, "Man Faces Felony Charges In Deadly Springdale Crash", Curt Lanning, August 11, 2014

Source: KFSM, "Man Faces Felony Charges In Deadly Springdale Crash", Curt Lanning, August 11, 2014

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