Criminal charges filed after fatal car crash in Oklahoma

The dangers of drinking and driving are well known. However, it may be easy for people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol to disregard the possible effects of their decisions to get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, four people have died in a fatal car crash in Oklahoma believed to have been caused by a drunk driver. The only survivor now faces criminal charges.

Police claim that the man now charged with drunk driving and manslaughter was driving a car south in the northbound lanes of an Oklahoma roadway. Unfortunately, he struck a motorcycle driving north. Both riders were killed instantly.

One of the occupants of the car was ejected and died at the scene. A second passenger died approximately a week after the accident from injuries he suffered in the collision. The alleged driver claims that he and his two passengers had been at a bar prior to the accident. Although he reportedly said he was "very drunk," he claims that he was not driving the car. However, police claim that evidence gathered from the scene indicates otherwise.

Police in Oklahoma believe that one man's decision to get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol resulted in a fatal car crash that has left four families grieving. While struggling to come to terms with their grief, family members will also have to find a way to cope with lost wages, funeral expenses and medical bills. Although not necessary, a conviction of the criminal charges that the driver of the car is facing would support a claim of negligence in civil court. If negligence is proved, the surviving family members of the deceased victims could receive an award of damages that will allow them to better manage the unexpected financial ramifications stemming from the deaths of their loved ones.

Source: newson6.com, "Fourth Person Dies After Wrong-Way DUI Crash On Highway 75", Dee Duren, Aug. 2, 2015

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