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Former Astronaut Facing Wrongful Death Lawsuits After Crash

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

California residents might have heard about the fatal car crash that involved a one-time NASA astronaut. James Halsell, a 59-year-old former astronaut, was charged for reckless murder after causing a crash that killed two children in Alabama on June 6. Now, Halsell is facing wrongful death lawsuits in addition to his criminal charge.

The fatal crash took place on a rural road in west Alabama. Reports indicate that Halsell may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the accident. Two girls aged 11 and 13 were killed in the accident, and two other people sustained injuries. The attorney who is representing Halsell in his criminal case has not offered any public comments about the accident.

A woman who identifies herself as the deceased girls' custodial parent has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Halsell in federal court. An injured victim from the crash who was a passenger has also filed a lawsuit against Halsell at a Tuscaloosa County court. After a reckless driver causes a car accident, victims of the accident may file personal injury complaints in civil court regardless of the outcome of the criminal case.

An attorney might be able to help a car accident victim file a personal injury lawsuit against the reckless driver who caused the crash. If the driver is not convicted of any crimes in criminal court, a civil court judge may still order the driver to pay for the victim's damages. Car accident victims often pursue compensation for lost income, property damage and medical expenses.