She was a 40-year-old woman and mother of a 3-year-old. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed. A fatal car accident ended the life of a vibrant woman. Now her family must pick up the pieces from this tragic accident that occurred on Valentine’s Day.

The car accident occurred when an alleged drunk driver failed to stop at a stop sign. The 40-year-old’s car was struck eastbound on Laurel. The force of the impact caused her car to spin around and overturn, then crash into a tree and light pole. The driver was trapped inside the damaged vehicle until she was rescued and taken to a local hospital. She passed away from her injuries. The car accident victim was only one block from her home at the time of the accident.

The alleged drunk driver has since been taken into custody. The 21-year-old driver that caused the car accident has been charged with vehicular homicide. At the time of his arrest he registered a blood alcohol level of 0.231. This is almost three times the allowed blood alcohol level in the state of Louisiana. The driver also exhibited blood shot eyes and slurred speech when he was interviewed by police.

Drunk drivers like this do irreparable harm to those around them. In this case the other driver paid the ultimate price with her life. In other cases car accident victims suffer a variety of injuries that range from the minor to the severe. Negligent drivers must be held accountable for their actions. A car accident victim may need to consult an attorney to recover full compensation for their injuries.

Source: The Times Picayune, “Woman killed by alleged drunk driver in Lower Garden District wreck was great, sweet person,’ friend said,” Heather Nolan, Feb. 19, 2014