Police blame fatal accident on drugs and alcohol

Two people have died as the result of a four-vehicle crash in East Knox County. The incident happened earlier this month along Interstate 40. The fatally injured victims were a 22-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman.

The woman was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The young man and another man, 69 years-old, were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by helicopter. Unfortunately, the 22-year-old didn't survive his injuries.

The older man survived the incident, but he will likely face criminal consequences in court, as police have blamed him for the crash. Authorities say that he was driving a Toyota Camry eastbound along Interstate 40 when he lost control. They also suspect that he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

His vehicle smashed into a median, flew through the air across the median into opposing westbound traffic. The car landed on top of a Honda Accord being driven by the 22-year-old man. A Dodge Ram collided with the Toyota in the middle of the westbound lanes, and a fourth vehicle -- a Mazda driven by the woman -- collided with the Toyota as well. Officers who investigated the collision say that all parties were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

When a loved one is lost in a car accident caused by a drunk or drugged driver, the reality faced by family members will be a difficult one for them to process.Family members can fight back by holding impaired drivers accountable for the deaths they cause. By filing a wrongful death claim, family members of the deceased can seek financial restitution and justice in court.

Source: WATE, "Drugs, alcohol factors in Knox County crash that killed 2," March 16, 2017

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