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Fatal accident may have involved alcohol

A 32-year-old man walking away from a country concert that was held at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania, was struck by an SUV. He was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, leaving behind a wife and three daughters. Police are uncertain why the man from Dunmore, Pennsylvania, was walking along the side of Montage Mountain Road as the concert was winding down, but they do know that he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 23-year-old female. Police took her into custody because they suspected her of drinking and driving.

Despite suspicions, it may be too soon to call this a drunk driving accident. Authorities have yet to release the results of a blood test they performed on the 23-year-old. It is also unknown if the 32-year-old had alcohol in his system when he was hit - a similar blood test was expected to be performed to determine this. According to reports, the accident closed Montage Mountain Road and stopped traffic for several hours, causing many concert attendees to remain stuck at the venue. Some did not get to leave the mountain until 3 a.m. Police were back on the scene within 12 hours of the crash, attempting to learn more about the incident through photographs and other investigative tactics.

As of the most recent update, there were still a lot of uncertainties. Police do not know the details of the crash and were unwilling to say if there were passengers in the vehicle or if the 32-year-old man was walking alone. Charges have not yet been filed in this incident, but likely will be if the 23-year-old had alcohol in her system. She could be accused of homicide by motor vehicle in addition to any charges related to drinking and driving.

Even if the man who died had been drinking, he had a right to walk without getting hit by a drunk driver. Criminal charges are not a requirement in order for a personal injury case to be filed; however, when someone gets behind the wheel of a car after they have been drinking, they put everyone at risk. Criminal charges and civil negligence are ways to hold drunk drivers who cause accidents accountable for their actions.


Source: 
WNEP 16, "UPDATE: Man Hit and Killed by Vehicle Following Concert" Andy Palumbo and Stacy Lange, Aug. 26, 2013

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