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Speed, drugs, bald tires and rain blamed in fatal accident

Nearly a month after causing a fatal car crash, a 35-year-old Michigan City man was charged with multiple counts of reckless homicide and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated resulting in death, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily harm. Currently at large, a LaPorte Circuit Court Judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

The judge said it took so long for the charges to become official, because authorities were waiting for toxicology reports and for the victims to stabilize in the hospital.

Apparently, the man was accelerating from a stop sign in the rain with very bald tires last month on a Thursday evening. He was high on marijuana and also had a high level of PCP in his system.

He crossed the center line, hit an oncoming car, killing the 26-year-old female driver and seriously injuring two minor sisters who were in the car. On Joliet Road near Westville where the accident took place, there is a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour, but because of curves in the road, there is a cautionary speed limit of only 20 miles per hour. Investigators say excessive speed was absolutely a factor in the accident.

Two weeks after the accident, court documents indicate the man was charged with driving after revocation of his license.

This awful head-on collision caused by an intoxicated driver that resulted in the death of an innocent victim is text book. The negligent driver is a repeat offender and apparently has no respect for the law or the life he took. The victims' family members absolutely have the right to seek compensation and damages for the wrongful death of their loved one.

In addition, the little girls who were injured in the head-on collision will most likely have ongoing medical bills as a result of their injuries that should be paid for by the man who caused it all.

To learn more about fatal car accidents and the rights of victims, please feel free to visit our Ann Arbor head-on collision we page.

Source: nwitimes.com, "Officials: Driver in fatal Westville area crash was high on PCP," Stan Maddux, Aug. 15, 2012

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