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Texas news anchor killed in crash

The death of a loved one can leave a huge void within a family. Family members may suffer even more if the loved one dies as the result of someone else's actions or negligence. When people drive while intoxicated, they not only break the law, they risk the lives of everyone on the road. If a drunk driver causes a car crash in which there is loss of life, the driver faces jail time, steep fines and possibly a wrongful death lawsuit.

A Beaumont, Texas, television personality and news anchor died in an automobile accident on December 22. Police say that William Leger, 48, a 20-year veteran broadcaster for Texas station KFDM, was driving in Louisiana when his vehicle ran off the road. Investigators say Leger overcorrected in trying to recover, causing the vehicle to roll over and come to a stop in the oncoming lane. There, a vehicle operated by a 52-year-old man struck Leger's car. The second driver was later charged with driving while intoxicated.

Police indicate they are still trying to determine whether Leger's fatal injuries occurred before or after the other car struck his vehicle. If they can prove that the other driver caused the fatal injuries, it is possible that additional charges could be filed. It could also open the man up to a wrongful death claim by the Leger family, which includes two daughters.

While money and compensation can never make up for the loss of a family member, it can help to bring some sense of closure to the family. It can also assist with some of the financial burdens that an unexpected death brings and can be seen as a means of bringing justice to the negligent party.

Source: The Daily News, "Beaumont news anchor dies in La. accident," Associated Press, Dec. 22, 2012.

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