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Ex-‘Melrose Place’ actress convicted for drunk driving accident

A car accident can have life-changing consequences for all parties involved, especially if the collision causes serious injury or death. An auto accident that results in a fatality can be a tragedy for all parties involved. The death of a loved one can be devastating for the family of the deceased. The publicity of the incident and the trial for the person charged with vehicular homicide can be an ordeal for the person accused of causing the accident and his or her family.

The jurors in a New Jersey case recently rendered a verdict in a negligent homicide case involving a former “Melrose Place” actress. The actress was charged with aggravated manslaughter in connection with a 2010 car accident in which she was involved. The accident, which occurred on a dark two-lane road, killed an elderly woman and injured her husband. The prosecutor in the case stated that the actress’ blood-alcohol level was close to three times the legal limit at the time of the incident. The jury convicted the actress of vehicular homicide and assault by automobile. She faces up to 15 years in prison on the two counts.

The injured party and loved ones of the deceased could receive compensation for the injuries and the life lost due to the accident. A person injured in an accident like this can file a personal injury claim for damages including medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and pain and suffering. The family of the deceased could file a wrongful death suit. Compensation from the claim could help with funeral costs, medical bills, loss of support and loss of companionship.

Family members who are coping with the death of a loved one can experience not only grief but financial hardship resulting from the death. A wrongful death recovery can help the family grieve without the added stress of financial uncertainty.

Source: Brandon Sun, “Jury convicts ex-‘Melrose Place’ actress of vehicular homicide in fatal crash,” Nov 27, 2012

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