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Four killed in Texas multi-car accident

According to police, alcohol was a factor in a multi-car accident that claimed four lives. A total of sixteen people were involved in the auto accident that spanned hundreds of feet along Burleson Retta road in south Fort Worth.

The incident began when a woman lost control of her SUV and became stranded in a ditch. Another woman and her daughter saw what had happened and came to assist the woman. A man driving by in a pickup truck also stopped to help. All four were killed when they were struck by a teenager driving a red pickup truck. A red Volkswagen was also involved in the crash, but police are not certain what role it played. Allegedly, the teen driver of the red pickup and his teen passengers had been at a party earlier in the day where alcohol was served.

Police are expecting to file charges against the driver of the pickup truck. Additionally, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is investigating the case to discover the source of alcohol at the party. The people or person who supplied it may also be charged. Also, the accident has prompted a Tarrant County commissioner to launch a safety investigation into the road itself.

The families of the four accident victims may choose to pursue a wrongful death suit. If they were to bring a lawsuit against the teen, a personal injury lawyer might be able to build a compelling case against him. A lawyer might use the evidence uncovered by police that there was alcohol involved in the accident. If the lawyer presents a convincing case that the driver was negligent, a judge may award a settlement.

Source: CBSDFW, "Alcohol Was Factor In Fatal Crash Near Burleson", June 17, 2013

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