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Drunk driver injures woman, returns to accident scene for beer

The dangers of driving or riding in a car are evident every day in the news. When a drunk driver or a distracted driver is involved, car accidents can become all the more serious. These types of accidents are likely to cause injuries and property damage.

Accident investigations conducted by police officers and other professionals can help determine liability in an accident. According to police in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, a 50-year-old man was driving his Ford Escort earlier this year when he hit another car. Instead of stopping, the man allegedly continued to drive on for another block before his car broke down.

Police say the man then fled the scene of the accident on foot. Shortly thereafter, the police showed up to investigate the accident. As the officers were inspecting the broken-down Escort, the man allegedly returned for the case of beer he had left in the car. He grabbed the beer and ran from the officers, they say.

Police officers apprehended the man after he tried to flee on foot for a second time. At the time of his arrest, police say, the man had a blood alcohol level of 0.22 and was visibly drunk. He has since been charged with several criminal charges including driving under the influence of intoxicants and careless driving. The woman this man hit was injured and taken to a local hospital with pain in her lower back.

Accident victims, such as the woman in this case, may be entitled to compensation from drunk drivers and other negligent parties. Victims should not have to suffer because of the negligent and reckless behavior of others. Financial compensation may never be able to fully take their pain away, but it can help accident victims get through a difficult time.

Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette, "Police: Driver flees crash scene, returns to retrieve case of beer," Philip A. Holmes, June 15, 2012

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