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Maryland Heights car accident claims life of 18-year-old

Car accidents can range from minor fender benders to catastrophic multi-vehicle collisions. While even a mild rear-ender can be a major inconvenience, sometimes automobile accidents have a much more tragic outcome. This proved to be the case in a recent car accident in Maryland Heights when a multi-vehicle crash claimed the life of a woman.

According to reports, the fatal accident occurred around 4 p.m. on April 22 when the driver of a pickup truck failed to slow down in time. When he attempted to abruptly change lanes, the truck rear-ended a car, causing the two vehicles to smash into a total of four additional vehicles in a chain reaction. A total of six cars were involved in the crash, which shut down traffic in the northbound lanes for almost five hours.

Three of the six cars were seriously damaged in the accident, though the driver of the pickup as well as three of the other drivers were apparently not injured. A 46-year-old man in another vehicle was taken to a hospital to be treated for his moderate injuries. Sadly, an 18-year-old female was pronounced dead at the scene.

No mention was made in initial reports of whether criminal charges would be filed or whether alcohol or drugs were contributing factors. Regardless, the driver of the pickup truck that caused the car accident may eventually face a wrongful death lawsuit if the family of the deceased woman chooses to file a claim. In fact, anyone in Maryland or the Washington, D.C. area who has been seriously injured or lost a family member in a car crash has the right to seek the advice of a seasoned personal injury lawyer to discuss options for pursuing compensation.

Source: stltoday.com, "Woman killed in multi-vehicle crash on I-270 in Maryland Heights, police say", Nassim Benchaabane, April 22, 2017

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