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Motorcylist killed when struck by alleged drunk driver

A 56-year-old woman has been charged with a variety of offenses after allegedly striking a motorcyclist and then fleeing the scene.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the motorcyclist, a 41-year-old man, was traveling east on a Harley Davidson Road Glide on Interstate 10 when he slowed or stopped. The woman allegedly struck the motorcycle from behind while in a Chrysler PT Cruiser. The motorcyclist was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center, located in Palm Springs, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities located the woman and her vehicle about 20 minutes later. She reportedly suffered minor injuries from the collision. Information from a reported witness led authorities to the woman and her vehicle.

The woman is now facing charges for driving on a suspended license, hit-and-run, DUI, vehicular manslaughter and murder. According to the news reports, she has at least one other arrest, which was also for suspicion of DUI involving a collision.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a drunk driver, you have a right to seek compensation. A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, final expenses and more.

A civil case brought against the alleged drunk driver does not depend on the results of a criminal case; however, it can strengthen some civil cases. An attorney experienced in these kinds of lawsuits can provide you with more information on your legal options. You have a right to compensation for your injuries and losses, as does the family of someone who lost his or her life in a DUI accident.

Source: The Desert Sun, "Palm Desert woman arrested with 2nd DUI after fatal motorcycle crash on I-10," Colin Atagi, April 10, 2017

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