Wisconsin man flies past stop sign, killing 2 and injuring 8

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

A 67-year-old man killed two people and injured eight others when he blew past a stop sign Suburban at an intersection in Eagle Point. As a result, a pickup truck T-boned the man’s car at the intersection. The Suburban carried five people besides the driver. There were four people in the truck. Two women in the Suburban were killed. One was pronounced dead at the scene. The other woman was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The sheriff said that when an accident involves fatalities, his department’s focus is reconstruction of the events leading up to the crash. Reconstruction involves analysis of skid marks, road conditions and visibility, among other things. Visibility may have been a factor in this accident because the intersection is surrounded by corn crops. Deputies will also interview all persons who survived in each vehicle and all witnesses to the crash.

The driver of the Suburban appeared in court the day after the accident, posted a $2,000 bond and was released. Deputies suspect him of drunk driving. Authorities gave the man a legal blood draw on the night of the accident, and he has since been charged with two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Losing a loved one in a car accident suddenly and unexpectedly is devastating. Not only are you forced to come to terms with the fact that a family member or friend is no longer with you, but many families also then must prepare for a funeral and other final costs that can be very expensive. Fortunately, there are ways to recover compensation from a person who negligently caused a car accident that result in death or injuries. A successful wrongful death suit can provide a family the finances they need to cover expensive costs related to the death of a loved one, which can help them focus on what is most important: helping each other through such a difficult time.

Source: WEAU.com, “NEW INFO: Man at the wheel of deadly Eagle Point crash makes court appearance,” Aaron Dimick, September 9, 2012