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Tennessee driver negligence: Fatal wrong-way crash

A woman who volunteered at an autism community center has died following a fatal crash caused by a wrong-way driver. It appears that driver negligence may well have played a role in the deadly car crash. Unfortunately, however, Tennessee Police officials have still been unable to locate the whereabouts of the person responsible.

The accident reportedly occurred on the interstate when a woman was on her way to her destination. Another vehicle, driven by a 35-year-old man, crashed into her Ford. The three occupants that were in the Ford sustained unspecified injuries. Tragically, the woman died in the aftermath of the accident. Police say that the man was driving in the wrong direction when the crash occurred.

Allegedly, the man never attempted to check on the well-being of the driver or the passengers. He fled the scene and has been on the run for three weeks. Police have issued felony warrants for leaving the scene of a fatal car crash. He may have to answer to other criminal charges. The woman leaves behind two children, one of which has autism, and her husband.

A family in this case has lost both a beloved mother and wife. A fatal car accident in Tennessee is usually an emotionally traumatizing experience for the victim's family and those who are close to them. The family of the deceased may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the hit-and-run driver once he is located. Monetary damages may be awarded if evidence demonstrates that driver negligence was a cause or contributing factor in the fatal crash.

Source:, "No arrest yet in crash that killed leader in Chattanooga's autism community," Yolanda Putman, Aug. 9, 2013

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