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Collinsville – Suspected DUI Collision on US 377 Killed Teen, Injured 2 Others

Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 1:03 am    

An auto crash involving a commercial truck took place on US 377 near Collinsville, Wednesday afternoon.

According to the report released by local officials, a commercial truck was heading south on Highway 377 when, for yet unknown reasons, it went out of control and collided with a pickup truck. The impact of the collision killed a passenger in the pickup truck. He was only identified as a 13-year-old passenger. Meanwhile, two more occupants, identified only as 16-year-old teens, in the truck sustained injuries. It was not confirmed if they were taken to a hospital for treatment.

The driver of the commercial truck was identified as 34-year-old Christopher Downing. He was taken into custody and is charged with intoxication manslaughter and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

No further details are available at this time.

According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), car accidents happen almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs that results in death. That is roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and 90 people dying in car accidents every day in the U.S. alone. Driving while distracted, under the influence of alcohol, and at an unsafe speed are three most common causes of car accidents.

If you are a victim of a car accident/DUI accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please don’t hesitate to ask for help. The police will always be there to help you, but more than that, car accident lawyers are always willing to help you in protecting your rights and getting you the justice that you deserve. They will also help you file a lawsuit and get fair and just compensation for physical and emotional trauma you experienced.


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