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Suspected Tempe DUI Crash Takes Life of Hip-Hop Artist, ASU Student

Drinking and driving is always a bad decision, and when things go wrong for someone who is engaging in this type of conduct, they can go terribly wrong both for the driver and for anyone else who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tragically, this appears to be what occurred on Saturday morning when a well-known hip-hop artist was killed in a suspected Tempe DUI accident that also took the life of an Arizona State student who drove his motorcycle into the wreckage after the initial collision.

According to police, the accident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning at University Drive near Rural Road in Tempe. Hip-hop artist Carnegie was on his way home after a performance nearby with staff members and friends in his vehicle. Suddenly, a 17-year-old driver whose name has not been released pulled out of the Quadrangles apartment complex and onto University Drive. Her SUV struck the vehicle in which Carnegie was driving, killing him at the scene. Less than one minute later, 19-year-old Matthew West rode his motorcycle into the crash scene, and he was killed as well. No word was given as to the charges that the driver of the SUV will face.

Arizona Car Accident Statistics

First, we'd like to offer our condolences to the families and friends of the people who were killed in this alleged Tempe DUI accident. Losing lives in this manner is always tragic, as this is the type of conduct that could easily have been avoided. In addition, this incident will only add to the overall statistics regarding Arizona car accidents. Every year in the state, 65,000 people are injured and more than 1,000 are killed in Arizona car accidents, and more than one-third of those killed were involved in accidents where alcohol was listed as a factor in the crash.

Arizona DUI Accident Lawyers

It seems relatively clear that the family of Carnegie, whose real name was Abay Lattin, would have reason to review the possibility of filing an Arizona wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. If such a case was filed and was successful, the family could recover damages that include compensation for medical, funeral and burial expenses as well as compensation for lost income and loss of companionship. The family of Mr. West would also have reason to review this situation with an Arizona DUI accident lawyer.

If you have lost someone you love in an accident because of a drunk driver, you need to seek the help of Arizona wrongful death lawyers who have been holding those responsible for these types of tragic losses accountable for many years. Contact Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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