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Woman who caused fatal car accident has prior driving violations

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A Pennsylvania teenager with several prior driving violations is allegedly responsible for the death of a 64-year-old woman. The 18-year-old woman was purportedly involved in yet another incident moments before causing the fatal car accident. On four other occasions within the last three months, she has received a citation for driving without a license. 

She was also charged in connection with a minor accident just minutes before she was involved in the deadly wreck. According to police, the fatal wreck occurred shortly after the woman hurriedly left the scene of the minor incident with an 80-year-old driver. She reportedly was traveling at a high rate of speed when her vehicle left its lane and crossed over into the opposing lane.

Her vehicle smashed head-on into another vehicle. That impact reportedly sent her car into the air before it crashed on top of a second vehicle driven by the 64-year-old woman. That driver died of her injuries. It is unclear whether the driver of the first car hit was injured. Because the teenager did suffer an undisclosed injury, police did not conduct any sobriety testing at the time of the wreck.

Pennsylvania police have not stated what charges the woman will face regarding this fatal car accident as the investigation is still ongoing. The victim's family is surely devastated by this horrific and preventable wreck. A personal injury attorney can help them decide whether to file a wrongful death lawsuit due to the tragedy. Likewise, if the driver of the first vehicle suffered injuries, a personal injury claim for monetary damages incurred would also appear to be appropriate. 

Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Teen who caused fatal crash didn't have driver's license, cops say", Tony Rhodin, June 16, 2017

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