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Drug-related car accidents just as deadly as alcohol-related ones

The media and law enforcement officials place a great deal of emphasis on alcohol-related crashes even though using drugs and then driving can produce the same outcome. More than likely, it does not surprise Connecticut residents that being impaired by drugs increases the potential for car accidents. However, as is the case with alcohol, drivers continue to get behind the wheel when they are impaired.

This one selfish act puts everyone in that person's path in jeopardy. For example, the evidence gathered thus far in a deadly crash that occurred recently indicates that one of the drivers had cocaine in his vehicle and in his system at the time. The accident occurred on a recent Wednesday morning at approximately 11:40 a.m.

The 28-year-old impaired driver, a male, was heading southbound. A 59-year-old woman heading toward him from the opposite direction did not have time to react when the southbound vehicle veered into her lane. The two vehicles collided with such force that one of them ended up stuck on an embankment. The woman in the northbound vehicle died because of the injuries she suffered in the crash. The man was thrown from his vehicle during the collision and suffered fatal injuries as well.

The crash is still under investigation at last report. Any information gathered during the official investigation could be offered as evidence in a civil court action filed by the family of the deceased woman to prove the other driver's negligence. If a Connecticut court rules that the deceased driver was negligent, surviving family members could receive damages typically seen in other deadly car accidents.

Source: fox61.com, "Driver in deadly Waterbury crash tested positive for cocaine", Doug Stewart and Jim McKeever, April 28, 2016

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