A driver, who police say was legally impaired, hit five teenagers who were fishing near the road in a community not too far from New Orleans. According to police, the woman swerved off the road and wound up in the area where the five teens were fishing.
All five of the teenagers were injured, but two of them suffered only minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital. The other three teens suffered more significant injuries and was transferred to New Orleans for additional medical care.
The woman who caused the car accident did not get hurt. Although, she was wearing her seatbelt, she also showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Police say that the woman, whom they arrested at the scene of the accident, eventually submitted to a breath test, which showed she was over the legal BAC limit. Police will continue to investigate this accident, but they indicated this is not the first time the woman has been in legal trouble for drunk driving.
In addition to criminal penalties, the woman or her insurance company is likely liable to pay compensation to all five of the people she hurt in this accident, or for that matter, to the victims' families. These teens will likely have medical bills and other expenses, and the least this woman can do is pay compensation for their losses. In the event the woman does not have adequate insurance or other means of paying compensation, these teens may also be able to get compensation from other sources, including their own insurance carrier.
Source: WGNO, "Impaired driver strikes multiple teens in Terrebonne Parish crash," March 31, 2018