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Fatal wreck caused by driver with 5 DUI offenses

A Tennessee accident caused the death of a motorcyclist in Memphis on Sept. 9. Police say that a driver with multiple DUI offenses is suspected of operating his vehicle while intoxicated at the time of the crash.

The now-deceased cyclist was reportedly riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Shelby Drive, supposedly on his way home from work. The accused man's vehicle allegedly tried to perform a left turn in front of the Harley on Swinnea Road, resulting in the collision. Family members say the motorcyclist suffered multiple broken bones; he was transported to a hospital and placed on a respirator. He died later after doctors were reportedly unable to control the bleeding in his brain.

The driver of the vehicle believed to have caused the accident has been charged with DUI and additional offenses. Records show the charge is his fifth since 2007, at which time his license was also officially revoked by the state. He was also arrested in April on charges of driving with a revoked license. He was taken into custody and held on a $30,000 bond.

The sudden loss of a loved one in a serious traffic accident can be hard for family members to process. If the individual or party thought to be at fault was impaired, reckless or negligent, they may be held legally responsible for various damages in a wrongful death suit. When a family is forced to cope with their loved one's passing while meeting insurance deductibles, paying medical bills, and making and paying for funeral arrangements, it may be a helpful to speak with a qualified attorney to discuss a case's viability.

Source:, "Multiple DUI offender kills grandfather in recent crash", Nick Kenney, September 11, 2014

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