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Alcohol suspected factor in some Hawaii car accidents

A grandmother has been left grieving after a motor vehicle tragedy in Hawaii. Alcohol is a leading factor in some car accidents, and the recent incident appears to be one of those times. One life was lost in the crash, and four others suffered serious injuries.

Police say that a 19-year-old male was behind the wheel of the car that reportedly veered out of control, striking a guardrail. At the time, the vehicle contained five occupants. Upon impact, the car is said to have rolled over several times. Every person in the car was ejected from the vehicle.

An 18-year-old passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene. Her grandmother, who raised her, lamented the loss of her grandchild. The grandmother says the teen was working as a model and preparing to further her education. Amidst her grief, the victim's grandmother begged others to teach their children about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The driver of the vehicle and the other three passengers were all taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The mother of one of the victims, a 22-year-old male, said that she got the call from authorities that all parents fear. Reportedly, It was just after midnight when a police officer called to tell her that her son had been ejected from his seat in a terrible accident a few hours earlier.

When car accidents in Hawaii result in personal injuries, those who have suffered can take legal action against the party or parties deemed negligent. In a successfully litigated case, the court can award compensation that can be used to help offset costs incurred due to medical expenses, loss of wages or other financial debt related to the accident. A first logical step to take when considering filing a claim would be to consult with a personal injury lawyer in the area.

Source: khon2.com, "Family members speak after woman killed, 4 critically injured in H-1 crash", Manolo Morales and Brent Remadna, Aug. 12, 2015

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