A recent car crash here in Missouri has taken the life of one man and likely left his family devastated. Though his wife and children were also hurt in the crash, the loss of a beloved family member is something they may never fully heal from. Police are still investigating the car accident, which may have been the result of reckless driving.
According to authorities, the crash happened on a recent weekend afternoon on Interstate 70. A family of six riding in a westbound SUV west were reportedly traveling in the passing lane. Police say that another passenger vehicle going the same direction passed the SUV in the driving lane and changed lanes. It allegedly hit the SUV, causing the driver to overcorrect and spin off the road on the left side. The SUV ended up hitting a median cable and the father was thrown from the vehicle.
The man died at the scene of the crash before medical attention could intervene. His wife and three of his children suffered minor injuries, while a fourth child received moderate injuries. All of them were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Police have not announced any intention to charge the driver of the other vehicle, who was unharmed, with any crime, though the investigation is ongoing. They also haven’t stated whether they believe there were any corroborating factors in the crash, such as reckless, intoxicated or distracted driving.
Though the woman driving the second vehicle may not be charged, the family of the man who died may decide to use other means to seek accountability from her for the car accident. Those here in Missouri in a similar situation could file a wrongful death civil claim against any parties believed responsible, with the help of an attorney. If such a claim were successful, it could result in monetary damages that could help a family cover the expenses that often result from an unexpected tragedy.