Drinking and driving don't mix. Variations of this statement are heard over and over in Kentucky and across the country, particularly during the holiday season. Tragically, many people still fail to heed the warning and a tragic traffic accident can result. One such tragedy unfolded in Louisville on Christmas Eve.
A young female police officer was in the process of handling a traffic stop on Interstate 64. She had pulled over a car and was still seated in her cruiser when a truck crashed into her. The impact of the crash caused the police car to become engulfed in flames. The officer was trapped in her vehicle and was unable to escape to safety. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the truck, a 60-year-old male, was arrested at the scene. He is being charged with murdering a police officer and also operating a vehicle while under the influence. The crash caused Interstate 64 to be closed down in both directions on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Traffic laws exist in part to keep drivers and passengers safe on the roads in Kentucky. Failure to adhere to these laws can result in tragic car accidents. A traffic accident might be prevented with a little common sense and planning. Families caught up in a tragedy caused by a fatal car crash face immeasurable grief at the loss of a loved one. Nothing can undue the tragedy that happened, but a civil suit against the party or parties deemed responsible can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other documented losses.