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Alcohol may have played role in accident that killed five

Car accidents occur across the United States every day. Unfortunately a significant number of these accidents are fatal forever changing the lives of all involved. Most car accidents are a result of some kind of human negligence whether from distracted driving or manufacturer defects. Accidents involving alcohol or other substances are completely avoidable if one makes the decision not to drive.

A Tuesday evening crash during rush hour leaves five dead and two in critical condition. Details of the crash are still being investigated as officers put together the events leading up to the crash. It is believed that the driver of the SUV which struck the pick-up truck was drinking prior to getting behind the wheel. A warrant served at his home turned up an empty bottle of vodka which supported his mother's statement of her son drinking with his father shortly before the accident. Witnesses of the accident reported seeing the SUV swerving in and out of traffic at high rates of speed prior to the crash. The driver of the SUV and a nine-year-old, who was in the pick-up truck, suffered serious injuries and are listed in critical condition.

Criminal charges are likely in this case as the driver was out on probation and did not have a driver's license at the time of the accident. There are also reports of the man driving while talking on the cell phone which is a violation of California law regarding the use of wireless communication devices while operating a motor vehicle. The young boy in critical condition may be able to bring a suit against the driver of the SUV as a victim and on behalf of his deceased family members.

The affects of a car accident can be wide ranging and far-reaching. In an instant lives can be lost and futures taken away.

Source: Fox News, "Suspect in central Calif. crash that killed 5 members of family had been drinking, police say," Associated Press, Oct. 26, 2013

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