One family unfortunately lost their loved one in a tragic vehicle accident in Minnesota recently. The car accident occurred in late July and caused a teenager who was 16 years old to become seriously injured. The teen later died as a result of his injuries.
The incident occurred when police said a man, 24 years old, was driving and crashed into one car, totaling it. The man supposedly then drove off and collided with a second car, also totaling that vehicle and killing the teenager, who was inside of it. According to authorities, the man was driving while his license was invalid, and he also had several driving violations. For instance, he was found to have driven twice with a license that was suspended.
The man then reportedly posted an image of the wreck on Facebook, including a caption and a “lol” with the post. The man said he thought he had struck something and was not aware that he had actually crashed into an actual person. He said he expected to be given prison time due to the incident and thus was attempting to spend plenty of time with his toddler in the interim. Investigators were trying to find out whether he may have been drunk at the time of the collision.
The man who is believed to have caused the car accident may face not only criminal charges but also civil issues in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the dead teen. This is because the family has the right to seek damages stemming from the wreck, which can help to cover the deceased victim’s funeral costs and other expenses recognized under Minnesota’s laws. Sufficient proof of negligence is required in order for the dead teen’s family to prevail in their liability suit.
Source: cnet.com, “Driver who killed teen posts Facebook pic of wreck, with smiley face“, Chris Matyszczyk, July 31, 2014