A 43-year-old man was killed when a Corvette he was riding in slammed into a tree The man was a CarMax salesman, and the 28-year-old driver was on a test drive when the crash took place at about 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 24. Witnesses say that the car reached speeds of up to 70 miles an hour during the test drive. CarMax has locations in Louisiana and around the country.
The salesman was taken to an area hospital where he died from his injuries. The driver was taken into custody and charged with suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI. He was initially held on $100,000 bail, and he was scheduled to first appear in court on Feb. 25. A representative from CarMax said that the fatal car accident marked a sad day for the company.
When a person is killed in a motor vehicle accident, the surviving family members may be faced with significant financial burdens in addition to the grief and the loss of companionship resulting from the sudden death of a loved one. In addition to funeral and burial expenses, they may have to deal with the loss of income that the decedent contributed to the household.
In the event of an accident that was found to have been caused by an impaired, distracted or otherwise negligent motorist, the survivors may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss the advisability of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver. If the driver was also killed in the accident, his or her estate could be named as the defendant in the proceeding.