There are few things more tragic than brain injuries, especially those that are the result of tragic vehicle accidents. There are times when those injuries are the result of accidents that could have been prevented, such as in cases of the offending drivers being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, a California family is facing the loss of a loved one due to a tragic and possibly preventable motorcycle accident.
According to police, a 53-year-old driver ran a red light on a Thursday afternoon, colliding with the 27-year-old motorcycle victim. The motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital where she was later placed on life support. The 53-year-old driver allegedly admitted to being under the influence of both illicit and prescription drugs. According to reports, she was arrested for DUI with great bodily injury, but later released on bail.
The family reportedly states that the motorcycle victim will not survive her injuries and have made plans to remove her from life support. The victim leaves behind many loving family members and a young child, but her family hopes that her legacy will live on as they proceed to donate her organs. This ultimate loss of a loved one can potentially alter the charges for the alleged DUI driver. Though the Shasta County District Attorney's Office is still waiting on a report, the charges for the driver can potentially change to charges that can range from gross vehicular manslaughter to murder.
Facing the loss of a loved one is never easy. It can be especially difficult when the loss occurs under sudden and potentially preventable circumstances. California families who are facing the loss of a loved one like the family in this story may be able to file wrongful death claims to cover some of the related expenses that result from the sudden tragedy.
Source: KRCR, "Young mother to be removed from life support", Shay Arthur, 04/28/2014