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Victim of North Dakota auto wreck succumbs to injuries

The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported that a man who was involved in a recent accident had since succumbed to his injuries. Vehicular homicide might be added to the multiple criminal charges that were filed against the driver who allegedly caused the auto wreck. The deceased driver was a 56-year-old man whose 54-year-old passenger also suffered injuries in the accident.

According to official records, police responded to a restaurant where a man was seen to be damaging a vehicle by striking it with a golf club. However, he apparently left the scene before law enforcement arrived. He allegedly raced along Highway 81 at speeds estimated by witnesses to have been between 80 mph and 100 mph -- in a 45 mph zone.

It was reported that he smashed into the rear of a trailer that was attached to the vehicle of the man who later died. The trailer was apparently forced into the back of that vehicle, causing it to veer off the roadway. Officers who were at the scene reported that the alleged offending driver seemed under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In fact, his condition prevented them from doing a field sobriety test.

Injured victims of car accidents or the surviving family members of a person who was killed in an auto wreck can pursue relief of the unanticipated financial losses that resulted. Wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits can be filed in a North Dakota civil court, and a successful presentation may lead to monetary judgments against the offending driver. Documented claims may include emotional damages along with financial losses.

Source: grandforksherald.com, "56-year-old injured in Walsh County crash dies", Andrew Hazzard, July 26, 2017

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