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Pennsylvania man allegedly causes fatal car accident

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Authorities allege that the man they recently arrested for purportedly wielding an axe at a McDonald's restaurant and arrested again for allegedly stealing a truck, was also involved in a fatal car accident.

The fatal Pennsylvania car accident reportedly occurred when the man was driving south on Route 507 and struck a 20-year-old woman who was running alongside the road. Witnesses claimed that the man crossed the double yellow line multiple times before the collision took place.

Pennsylvania State Police reported that they were investigating the accident and charges would be filed in district court. It is unclear at this time exactly what charges will be filed against the driver allegedly involved in this accident.

In light of the allegedly erratic behavior of the man in the days and weeks leading up to this fatal accident, the criminal investigation may provide further clarification as to why this accident actually occurred. Their investigation may shed light as to whether the man acted in a negligent manner to cause the woman's death.

The young woman who lost her life in this accident was apparently the valedictorian of her high school class and a student at Washington University in St. Louis. She was also reportedly a member of her college's 2011 champion women's cross-country team. Her family is now likely mourning what may certainly seems to be a senseless loss.

When tragedies like this fatal Pennsylvania car accident occur, surviving relatives can sometimes find a small measure of relief by investigating their legal options. Our state laws allow for family members to pursue civil lawsuits against drivers whose alleged negligent conduct causes the purported untimely death of another person. Each situation must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if this is an appropriate course of action.

Source: Daily Record, "Ax defendant from Dover involved in fatal crash in Pa.," July 16, 2012

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