On Aug. 17, an Arkansas teenager was killed in a one-car crash in Jefferson County that police believe involved excessive speeds and a pedestrian. The 17-year-old boy was apparently thrown from the back seat of the car when the 26-year-old driver attempted to avoid striking a pedestrian outside Redfield around 6:30 p.m. Before the wreck, witnesses say the vehicle was traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph.
After the driver lost control of his vehicle, the car flipped approximately five times and traveled a total distance of 550 feet. When it eventually came to a stop, the car ended up in the middle of River Road near Jessica Drive. Emergency medical personnel at the scene found the boy to be unresponsive when they arrived. He was rushed to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
At the time of the accident, the driver's sister was also in the car. It is unclear if the driver and his sister were injured in the crash. Authorities determined that the pedestrian whom the driver had narrowly avoided hitting was intoxicated. After a breath test measured his blood-alcohol content at 1.86 percent, he was booked at Jefferson County jail for charges of public intoxication and failure to appear for a prior arrest warrant.
A person who was injured in a similar car accident might have sufficient evidence to file a personal injury complaint with the driver's insurance provider. An attorney might be able to help the victim to gather witness testimony and police reports that will help to strengthen the case. In order to claim the maximum amount of compensation, an injured victim would also need to present proof of ongoing medical expenses.
Source: Arkansas matters, "Teen Dies in Jefferson County Car Crash", August 18, 2014