1 Driver Killed, 1 Arrested Following Fatal Suspected DUI Crash
One driver was killed and another has been arrested for driving under the influence following a fatal accident on Friday, September 21. Police arrested 33-year-old Dean Lee Carson at the scene of the accident on the inner loop of New Circle Road, near the Woodhill Drive exit. He also faces charges of possession of a controlled substance believed to be cocaine.
Authorities believe that Carson was intoxicated and speeding when his Cadillac Escalade collided with a small passenger car at around 11:45 p.m. last Friday. The driver of the passenger car, 57-year-old John Rusnack, was pronounced dead at the scene with multiple blunt force drama. Carson suffered minor injuries and was briefly hospitalized before being transported to the Lexington jail.
The inner loop of New Circle Road at the Woodhill Drive exit was closed during an investigation into the crash and reopened at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Legal Options For Drunk Driving Victims in Kentucky
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents drunk driving accident victims and their families, helping them recover the financial compensation they deserve for the damages they’ve suffered. Here are a few of his thoughts on liability for drunk driving accidents in Kentucky:
The victims of alcohol-related accidents and injuries often have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit against the individual who caused the accident. Additionally, the families of those killed in alcohol-related accidents may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against that individual. Kentucky and many other states also allow these victims and families to file lawsuits against alcohol vendors for these accidents, depending on the circumstances leading up to the accident.
According to Kentucky’s dram shop law, alcohol vendors (bars, clubs, liquor stores, etc.) can be held liable for providing alcohol to someone who causes an alcohol-related accident if “a reasonable person under the same or similar circumstances should know that the person served is already intoxicated at the time of serving.”
For example, let’s say that Greg drives to a bar and has several drinks. After his first few drinks, he begins stumbling and slurring his words. However, the bartender continues to serve Greg alcohol. If Greg leaves the bar and causes a drunk driving accident, anyone injured in that accident may have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar that served Greg.
If you or someone you love was recently injured or killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by discussing your case with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.
The Intersection of New Circle Road and Woodhill Drive