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Alleged drunk driver kills best friend in crash

A 20-year-old man from Baton Rouge is sitting in the East Baton Rouge Jail on multiple charges related to a recent motor vehicle crash.

According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the 20-year-old crashed his truck at the Jones Creek Bridge. His friend, a 19-year-old male, was in the passenger seat. The teen passed away from his injuries, while the 20-year-old driver fled the scene.

It didn’t take authorities long to locate the man, who was hiding behind an O’Neal Lane business. Because he had suffered injuries in the crash, deputies took him to the hospital. It’s noted that the man’s eyes were glassy and red, and deputies could smell an alcoholic beverage. The man reportedly told deputies that “his life was over” and that he had killed his friend.

There were witnesses who reportedly saw the truck traveling recklessly before the crash occurred. Deputies believe the truck was traveling between 55 and 60 mph in a 40 mph zone when the crash occurred.

According to reports, the man admitted he had two beers before he got behind the wheel and agreed to additional chemical testing.

The man’s charges include felony hit and run, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required, reckless operation of a vehicle and vehicular homicide.

This sad story just shows how tragic drunk driving accidents can be. Not only is this man facing charges that have a possibility of resulting in multiple years in prison, he has to live with the knowledge that his friend died because of his actions. In addition, the family of the passenger can pursue compensation for wrongful death from the 20-year-old man.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an automobile wreck that was not your fault, know that you have options. You can seek compensation for wrongful death, pain and suffering, final expenses and more. An experienced attorney can provide more information.

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