A woman has passed away from her injuries after being hit by a suspected drunk driver in Greenfield on Thursday, September 26. 71-year-old Kathy Davis has been identified as the victim.
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Responders were called to the intersection of North Brandywine Street and East McKenzie Road at around 8 p.m. on the 26th on reports of a pedestrian hit by a motorist.
Davis was found at the scene and was hospitalized in critical condition. The Greenfield Police Department was notified that Davis had died as a result of her injuries on October 2.
The driver was 39-year-old Jeremy Thompson, who was not injured in the crash. He was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing catastrophic injury.
Attorney contributor Jeff Gibson of Wagner Reese represents drunk driving crash victims and their families in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked Jeff to add some thoughts on the legal rights of those who have been injured by drunk drivers and the families of those killed in Indiana drunk driving crashes:
The decision to drive drunk often leads to devastating consequences, including crashes that injure or kill innocent victims. These victims and the families of fatal crash victims deserve justice. In Indiana and many other states, these victims and families may have grounds for two types of lawsuits – one against the drunk driver and another against the alcohol vendor who served the driver before the crash.
Lawsuits against alcohol vendors are known as “dram shop” claims. Alcohol vendors can be held liable for drunk driving injuries and deaths in a dram shop claim if the vendor provided alcohol to someone who was intoxicated at the time and this intoxication was a foreseeable cause of the injuries suffered.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your family’s legal rights by speaking with one of our experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyer in a free consultation.