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Ather Scott Faces Several Charges Following Fatal Accident

Memphis police arrested 43-year-old Ather Scott after he crashed into a vehicle on Interstate 240 on Monday, August 6 – killing one passenger and injuring two others and the driver. 13-year-old Venita Williams was killed in the collision. James Thomas was driving the family vehicle when he needed to pull over because of a flat tire. While pulled over in the emergency shoulder lane, Scott’s vehicle came from behind and struck their’s, sending Thomas’ vehicle into a utility pole.

According to the police, Scott’s car had several open beer cans and a pint of vodka. He has been charged with vehicle homicide-reckless, vehicle homicide-DUI, six counts of aggravated assault, reckless driving, DUI, driving while license revoked, and financial responsibility.

This was the second time Scott injured a family. In 2015, he ran a stop sign and crashed into another car. He eventually pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in that case.

Justice For The Families of Victims Killed By Drunk Drivers

Some thoughts on the legal options available for families of drunk driving victims from Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney:

Individuals who choose to get behind the wheel while drunk do so at the peril of everyone around them. We all know how dangerous it is to drive drunk, but people are still injured and killed by drunk drivers on a daily basis. The decision to drive drunk can affect entire families, especially when the accident is fatal.

While finding justice may not ease the pain of losing a loved one in a sudden accident, taking legal action can help provide a sense of relief for some families. Additionally, many families require financial assistance for damages related to the accident, such as medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages, etc. The victims of drunk drivers are often eligible for financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver, and depending on circumstances, possibly the alcohol vendor who served the drunk driver that night. If you’re curious about your family’s legal options, we advise speaking to an experienced drunk driver victims lawyer about your case.

Local Coverage From Fox 13 Memphis

Location of Fatal Accident on I-240

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