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Harris County Halloween party turns tragic

While many auto accidents happen on the road, one place you might expect to be safe is in your back yard. Unfortunately, for one family in Harris County, that wasn't the case.

The fatal accident occurred on Oct. 30. According to authorities, a man ran a stop sign and crashed his white Chevrolet Camaro through a wood fence and into a family's backyard. They were having a Halloween party at the time.

Investigators determined that the car was going fast enough that it traversed a steep ditch and continued deep into the family's backyard, killing a 38-year-old woman at the party.

Police said the driver of the Camaro fled the scene of the accident. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a 20-year-old man whom witnesses identified in a police lineup. Alcohol is believed to have played a role in the crash, and currently the driver is charged with failure to stop and render aid.

The wreck also injured four other people, one of whom is a 4-year-old girl. Thankfully, none of the survivors' injuries were considered life-threatening.

As the family in this case tries to come to grips with their immense loss, it may eventually become important to consider civil actions against the driver. Anyone who has been injured as a result of negligent or reckless driving has the right to pursue monetary penalties. If a person was killed as a result of another person's negligence, the family of the victim may find some measure of solace in holding the responsible party accountable in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: CNN, "Katy man charged after fatal party accident," Oct. 31, 2012

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