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Allegedly drunk driver held in death of North Carolina pedestrian

Any drunk driver is a hazard to others on North Carolina roads. An alleged drunk driver is accused of causing a deadly pedestrian accident recently in Charlotte, North Carolina. The accident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on Dec. 7 when a pedestrian was out walking his dog. He was attempting to cross the road at an intersection when he was hit by a vehicle. The reportedly drunk driver stopped at the scene and tried to call 911.

The pedestrian succumbed to injuries he sustained during the crash. The driver was not injured, but the pedestrian's dog was taken to be treated for a broken hind leg.

The driver was arrested because he showed signs of being impaired by alcohol and was taken to a local hospital to for a blood alcohol test. He has since been charged with driving while impaired and transported to a local intake center.

The crash was still being investigated at the time of an early news report, and there was a possibility that the accused drunk driver could face additional criminal charges.

It is unknown at this point whether the victim's family will also seek to hold the driver accountable with a wrongful death suit. Wrongful death lawsuits can lead to monetary compensation for the costs of a funeral and other expenses related to the auto accident, such as a lost source of income. Wrongful death actions are possible after fatal car accidents when the negligence of a driver, or another party, caused the car accident.

Source: Fox Charlotte, "Drunk Driver Kills Dog Walker," Dec. 7, 2012

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