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Fatal car accident leaves 3-year-old boy without his mother

A fatal car accident is a tragic occurrence for the victim and the people whose lives were touched by the deceased. Some accidents are especially traumatic, however, and touch a nerve within a community. A recent car accident that has claimed the life of a 24-year-old Massachusetts woman is a stern reminder of the responsibilities each driver owes to the other people on the road. To some extent, our lives are in the hands of other drivers, which underscores the duty everyone has to drive safely and without prohibited chemical impairment.

The young woman was the mother of a 3-year-old boy. She was also an active member of the Massachusetts National Guard. On a recent Thursday night, she was driving home from a friend's house when her vehicle was struck head-on by another car. That vehicle was driven by a 32-year-old man police believe was intoxicated and involved in a hit-and-run accident just before he crashed into the woman.

One fire captain told reporters that the crash scene was one of the worst he had responded to in his 18 years of service. Both drivers had to be extricated, a process that took approximately 20 minutes to complete. The surviving driver sustained only minor injuries in the crash. He now faces charges of vehicular homicide, driving to endanger, speeding and drunk driving.

For the family of the young woman who died in this fatal car accident, this must surely be a time of grief and sadness. As they try to come to terms with what has happened, they must also make arrangements for the care of the little boy left behind, as well as explain to him why his mother did not come back. They may look to the upcoming criminal trial as a means of obtaining justice for their loss. However, victims' families retain the right to pursue a wrongful death civil suit against those who are responsible for taking the life of their loved ones.

Source: Boston Herald, "Fatal crash stuns family," John Zaremba, Sept. 22, 2012

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