People serving in the armed forces and their families are usually accustomed to the idea that they could have an unfortunate accident while serving overseas. They may not, however, expect the same possibility when they arrive home. For a California Marine who returned home from Afghanistan recently, being at war was safer than being at home. A car crash claimed his life within a month of his return.
A fast food restaurant worker called police to inform them of a recent customer who had been abusive and appeared to be driving drunk. A description of the customer's car was distributed to area law enforcement. A police officer saw the car and attempted to pull it over, but the driver would not comply. The car continued until it allegedly struck a motorcycle operated by the Marine. The car, a Mini Cooper, then collided with a fence and caught on fire.
The man on the motorcycle was flung from his vehicle upon impact. He landed in a nearby parking lot. He suffered multiple injuries, from which he did not survive. He was pronounced dead while still at the accident location.
The man thought responsible reportedly tried to run away immediately after the accident occurred, but police were able to catch and detain him. He was charged with resisting arrest and suspicion of drunk driving. He may also face manslaughter charges, according to officials.
The man who died left behind a wife and a young son. They are undoubtedly reeling from the turn their lives have taken and the results of this fatal car crash. They retain the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in a California civil court. A successfully litigated claim could be one way to compensate financially for the loss they've suffered and provide them with the means to carry on.
Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Fremont: Marine lance corporal identified as victim struck by possible drunken driver", Natalie Neysa Alund, March 25, 2014