A recent tragedy occurred on the West Virginia Turnpike that has left two children without a mother and fighting for their lives. A third child, reportedly unrelated to the two, is also listed in critical condition. Murder charges have been filed in the fatal car wreck. The suspect is apparently on probation in another state and has charges against him in a third state.
Reports indicate that the 43-year-old suspect exited the turnpike near a toll booth. Authorities claim that he re-entered traffic on the interstate headed in the wrong direction. The man's vehicle reportedly swiped the mirror of an oncoming car, which swerved to avoid a collision, and his vehicle then smashed into the next oncoming car. Sadly, the 43-year-old woman driving the car was killed instantly.
The woman's two children, who were passengers in her car, suffered critical injuries in the crash and remain hospitalized. A third passenger, said to be the child of a family friend, is also being treated in the hospital for critical injuries. Police say that the man accused of causing the accident is wanted by the state of Pennsylvania for making terrorist threats and is also on probation in the state of Florida.
When a fatal car wreck in West Virginia has been caused by the negligent or wrongful actions of another driver, immediate family members who have suffered the untimely death of a loved one in the accident may file a lawsuit in a civil court. When someone who is injured under similar circumstances is a child of minor age, a legal claim may be filed on his or her behalf. Often, funeral expenses or costs incurred through ongoing medical care in the case of injured survivors add undue financial stress to an already dire situation. A successfully litigated claim could produce court-awarded compensation to help alleviate financial burdens.
Source: wvnstv.com, "NEW DETAILS: Rafael Herrera charged with murder in I-77 accident", Cortney Vannatter, March 22, 2015