Drunk Driver Charged after a Fatal Crash Leaving Two Dead
According to WIBX50, Sara Lane was charged with drunk driving and facing several other charges after crashing into a motorcycle at Route 31 and Old Orchard Road on July 15, 2021.
The victim was operating his motorcycle while carrying a 27-year-old woman passenger when Lane attempted to turn north onto Old Orchard Road and hit the motorcycle.
Reportedly, the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene and the passenger was pronounced dead at Oneida City Hospital.
According to the police investigation, Lane was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Due to the tumultuous events, Route 31 was closed for several hours for police investigation and has since been reopened.
According to WIBX50, Lane has been arraigned and is being held at Madison County jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. Lane is facing DWI, aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, and reckless driving.
On August 19, 2021, Lane is scheduled to appear in the Town of Lenox Court.
Legal Options for Victims Hit By Drunk Drivers
Attorney Laurence Banville is an experienced attorney with years of trial experience. In an interview, Banville shed some light on the legal options for victims of drunk driving
"Victims of drunk driving accidents or family members of those killed by drunk drivers are entitled to financial compensation for their losses. In numerous states, victims or their families, have the legal right to file a lawsuit against the alcohol vendor who sold alcohol to the driver before the accident. Cases in which alcohol vendors can be held liable is if they sold to a minor under 21 years old or to an overly intoxicated customer whose intoxication was a foreseeable cause to other's harm"
"Drunk driving is a serious crime that impacts far too many victims and their families across America. While no amount of financial settlement can erase the pain and trauma endured, if you or a family member has fallen victim to a drunk driving accident, it is in your best interest to file a lawsuit to seek the compensation you deserve."