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Pennsylvania woman allegedly causes accident that kills two

A 41-year-old Pennsylvania woman has been accused of several crimes. Her charges stem from a drunk driving accident that she allegedly caused after having several drinks at a local bar after work.

The accident occurred on Delta Road/Route 74 in Chanceford Township. After the woman had left the bar, she was driving south in a Cadillac DeVille. As she reached a curve, she allegedly overcompensated for the turn and crashed into a Toyota Corolla with two women inside. She was traveling an estimated 70 mph when the incident occurred.

The woman had to be airlifted to a local hospital for injuries she sustained in the crash. When she was at the hospital, she admitted to drinking alcohol before driving. Examinations of her blood found alcohol, marijuana and amphetamines in her system. The two women in the other vehicle, a 31-year-old and a 33-year-old, were not wearing seat belts. One was trapped inside the car while the other was thrown from the vehicle. Both women died as a result of the accident.

This accident occurred in August 2010 and the woman is scheduled to be arraigned this month. She will face accusations of homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while under the influence, possession of marijuana, speeding, careless driving, driving in the wrong lane and DUI among others. Her blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was 0.156. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is 0.08 percent.

The families of the women who were killed in the accident may not have realized it at first, but they likely had a good claim against the woman for their relatives' wrongful deaths. The settlements or damage awards from these types of lawsuits often help families after they have been hit with the unexpected financial hardship of losing a wage-earner.

Source: York Dispatch, "Delta-area woman faces multiple charges after crash that kills two," Elizabeth Evans, Sept. 12, 2011

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