In some cases of accidental death, no amount of time can bring acceptance for those left behind. Car accidents cause so many preventable deaths that surviving family members typically want to see those responsible held fully accountable. The daughter of an Oklahoma woman who died almost three months after she suffered a traumatic brain injury questions why the alleged negligent driver is not in custody.
Reportedly, the driver is facing three charges of second-degree murder for the death of the woman and two other victims. The whereabouts of the man who drove the car in which the woman was a passenger is said to be unknown at the moment. Apparently, he disappeared the day that formal charges were filed against him. Accident reports indicate that the driver crossed the center median on Interstate 35 on April 17 and smashed into a minivan.
The van driver and a 2-year-old passenger were killed in the crash. The driver who crossed over suffered multiple fractures to his ankles, legs and possibly also his spine. His passenger suffered a traumatic brain injury and spent a month in a coma. She succumbed to her injuries on July 4. Court documents show that the driver was allegedly under the influence of benzodiazepam — which is a generic form of Valium, PCP or phencyclidine and marijuana at the time of the crash.
Although this driver’s location is not known at this time, the surviving family members of the deceased victims are entitled to pursue financial relief through the Oklahoma civil justice system. Wrongful death claims may be filed against the driver in civil court. The plaintiffs will have to show that his negligence contributed to or caused the fatalities. Recovery of the costs of end-of-life arrangements and other financial and emotional damages sustained in car accidents may be included in properly documented claims.