When it comes to civil liability in an accident involving DUI charges, a person or their insurance company may find themselves footing the bill for more than just the vehicle damage and medical costs. Lost wages and liability for pain and suffering must be considered as well. In addition to this, a jury may decide to award punitive damages in an effort to discourage drunk driving in the future. Punitive damages are generally only awarded if the jury believes the defendant is guilty of gross negligence and disregard for human life. Typically, punitive damages are only awarded for accidents that involve DUI, hit-and-run, or other reckless behavior. WRDW reports on a daughter mourning her father, who was killed in a DUI accident.
On Saturday, Sept 1st, 61-year-old Vernon Eugene Faglier told his wife that he was hungry and he thought that a McDonald’s on Washington Road was open. He decided that he was going to drive to get a hamburger.
At about 3 a.m., Crystal Halford, Faglier’s daughter, received a panicked call from her mother, saying that their father had never made it home.
Halford and her husband were driving when they saw the tow-truck carrying her father’s Nissan. It was totaled.
Just before 3 a.m., a BMW had been speeding down Interstate 20 westbound and struck the rear end of Faglier’s Nissan. Faglier was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
The driver of the BMW was identified as Jonathan Butler and was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the crash. He, too, was injured and taken to AUMC and later to jail.
Butler is facing charges of DUI, driving too closely, driving too fast for conditions, and 1st-degree vehicular homicide.
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