Every drunk driving accident that takes a life is tragic, but there's something particularly heart-wrenching about a child being killed thanks to someone else's decision to get behind the wheel drunk. That's what makes MMA fighter Marcus Kowal's story so painful.
If you haven't seen the headlines, Marcus Kowal, a well-known mixed martial arts fighter just endured the unthinkable. After a three-day struggle, his 15-month-old son finally succumbed to injuries inflicted by an alleged drunk driver. The boy's 15-year-old aunt was pushing him in a stroller, crossing an intersection, when a 72-year-old woman barrelled into the two. Video surveillance footage at the scene shows the aunt pushing the button at the crosswalk. According to reports, the driver never even tried to hit the brakes before the collision.
Police are conducting an investigation and say that the woman in the car had combined alcohol with a prescription medication. Authorities expect the woman to face charges of felony vehicular manslaughter.
It's important to remember in cases like this one that criminal charges are completely separate from civil claims. Regardless of whether this woman ends up with reduced charges or a short sentence, the family can still bring a civil action to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, funeral costs and pain and suffering.
If you're suffering from injuries or a loved one was taken from because of a drunk driver, you might want to consider speaking with an attorney. They can conduct their own investigating into the accident and may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Source: 10tv.com, "MMA fighter Marcus Kowal: "I don't feel any hatred" after baby killed in hit-and-run," September 7, 2016