Authorities are currently investigating a crash that claimed the lives of four women in Texas. This fatal accident reportedly occurred over Labor Day weekend in the Dallas area. The individual believed responsible for the collision has been arrested.
The victims of this accident, a woman, her sister and her two daughters -- ages ranging from 38 to 65 -- were killed when their car was struck by a pickup, propelling their vehicle into a pole. The pole was knocked down as a result, and the victims' vehicle nearly split in half. People in a nearby home reportedly heard the wreck and rushed outside to assist. These witnesses indicated that the driver of the truck and his three passengers left the scene of the accident before police arrived.
Authorities quickly located the driver of the truck. The 19-year-old male was arrested and charged with several counts of causing an accident involving injury. Bail has been set in his case at $40,000. At this time, police have not indicated if impairment contributed to this incident. However, it was reported that bottles of alcohol were found in the accused's vehicle.
This fatal accident is, undoubtedly, devastating to those who knew these women -- particularly any surviving family members. Along with coping with the loss of loved ones, the financial consequences that will result from this incident can be brutal and will likely cause further burden and stress to those left dealing with the aftermath of this tragedy. Wrongful death claims may be filed for each of the victims in a Texas civil court. Taking this action will allow the victims' family members to seek compensation for any and all losses experienced as a result of this incident. If the individual deemed responsible for the collision is found liable in court, a monetary judgment may be granted for each successfully managed claim.
Source: wfaa.com, "Suspect arrested after leaving scene of crash that killed 4", Tanya Eiserer, Sept. 6, 2015