A high school junior died on Monday, October 21, allegedly as the result of another driver distracted by a cell phone. A preliminary investigation conducted by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department revealed that the young motorist’s vehicle was almost hit by an oncoming vehicle moments before the accident.
Both Hands Allegedly on a Cellphone
According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, a southbound 2004 Oldsmobile Bravada was southbound on Highway 35 in Troy, Wisconsin, at about 3:20 p.m. when a northbound vehicle allegedly came close to striking it. Witnesses told authorities the 21-year-old female driver from Big Lake, Minnesota, had both hands on a cellphone just before the crash.
Vehicle Leaves the Road
The Bravada left the road and rolled multiple times. The 16-year-old driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected, and she died at the scene. The law enforcement press release says the driver of the northbound vehicle returned to the scene soon after the crash. She and a 22-year-old passenger were not injured. The report did not disclose whether the alleged distracted driver would face any consequences.
Although the details of every accident are unique, survivors of an individual killed due to the negligent conduct of another have recourse in civil court. It is often possible for an immediate family member to seek compensation for pain, suffering, burial expenses and loss of companionship.
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