Woman Killed in Suspected Peoria DUI Accident
People who consume alcohol and then decide to climb behind the wheel of a vehicle are not only making a terrible decision, they are putting themselves and anyone else who may be affected by their conduct in a position of danger. Therefore, when things go wrong in these situations, they can quickly go drastically wrong. Tragically, that's what police think may have occurred with a suspected Peoria DUI accident that took the life of a woman. The driver who is suspected may face charges when toxicology results become available.
According to authorities, this suspected Peoria DUI accident occurred yesterday at approximately 1 p.m. The suspect, 40-year-old James Grunert, was moving at a high rate of speed on 83rd Avenue as he came upon the intersection with Union Hills in a southbound direction. He slammed into a vehicle containing Kathleen Petrotta, 64, of Surprise. The force of impact forced the vehicle into the intersection, and she was badly injured as a result. Rescue workers attempted to save her to no avail, and she succumbed to her injuries.
Arizona Car Accident Statistics
First and foremost, we'd like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the woman who was killed. It seems that she did nothing wrong and her loss will most certainly be a tragedy that will be difficult for those close to her to overcome. In addition, this suspected Peoria DUI accident will now become part of the overall statistics regarding Arizona car accidents. Every year, more than 140,000 such crashes occur, leading to more than 65,000 injuries and to more than 1,000 fatalities.
Phoenix DUI Accident Lawyers
If the toxicology reports indicate that the driver at issue was under the influence, he will almost certainly face serious criminal charges. In addition, he could also face an Arizona wrongful death lawsuit if the family chooses to initiate such a filing. If so and if it's successful, the family could be awarded damages that compensate the family for their medical, funeral and burial costs as well as their lost income and their loss of companionship.
If you have lost someone you love to a drunk driver, you need to seek the help of Phoenix wrongful death lawyers who have been protecting the rights of grieving families for many years. Contact the Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.