Four children orphaned after fatal car crash in Pennsylvania

Driving an automobile is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Yet every day, people get behind the wheel and drive the streets of Philadelphia with little regard for this responsibility. Some are guilty of texting and driving; others driving under the influence. Either way, their negligence can lead to a car accident with catastrophic consequences.

A family that lost their father in a fatal car accident years ago is once again mourning. Four children lost their mother and oldest sibling after a fatal car crash in Pennsylvania. The daughter, who recently turned 18 and gained access to compensation she received from the wrongful death of her father, used some of the money to buy a house for her family. She wanted to provide a better life for her mother and her younger siblings. That dream was shattered by a Pennsauken man who allegedly got behind the wheel after smoking marijuana and PCP.

Despite pleas from his passenger, the man drove into oncoming traffic at a high speed, hitting and killing the mother and her daughter. The man has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide for their deaths as well as one count of assault by auto for injuries caused to his passenger.

It is unknown if the surviving family members intend to file a wrongful death lawsuit in this case. While no amount of monetary compensation can make up for the loss of a loved one it can help survivors make a better lives for themselves, as the teenage girl in this case did by using the money to purchase a house. Those who have lost a family member as a result of another driver’s negligence or carelessness may want to speak with an attorney regarding their legal rights.

Source: Source: The Inquirer, “Prosecutor: Driver in deadly crash smoked ‘wet’,” Darran Simon, August 9, 2013.

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