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Man charged with assault in Pennsylvania DUI crash

An accident in Pennsylvania has left a 59-year-old motorcyclist in critical condition. The collision happened in Westtown, Pennsylvania, late last month around 4:15 p.m. on West Chester Pike. Allegedly, there was alcohol in the system of the 24-year-old driver who may have caused the incident.

According to authorities, the drunk driving accident happened east of Route 352 outside of Philadelphia when the 59-year-old from Broomall, Pennsylvania, was traveling east on West Chester Pike. A vehicle driven by the 24-year-old male attempted to make a left turn out of the apartment complex where he man lives. This allegedly caused the 59-year-old and his motorcycle to hit the front driver's side of the car. According to reports, the motorcyclist was then thrown from his Harley Davidson over the hood of the car. After landing on the highway, he was taken to Paoli Hospital and was listed in critical condition later that night.

Later that day, he was charged with reckless driving, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance and failing to yield the right of way to another vehicle by entering or crossing a road. The arraigning judge had the 24-year-old taken to Chester County Prison because he could not afford the $50,000 bail he is being held on.

The victim and his family must now attempt to recover from the accident, but he should not be held liable for the medical bills that he most likely racked up. In Pennsylvania, victims of accidents caused by negligent or reckless conduct can attempt to recover monetary damages through a civil lawsuit. And while a criminal conviction does not guarantee a successful lawsuit, it could help strengthen the case.

Source: Chester County Daily Local News, "Police: Driver in car-cycle crash was driving drunk," Tom Kelly IV, Nov. 27, 2011

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