Police in Peru, Indiana say a speeding and drunk driver caused a crash that left an 83-year-old woman dead and a 72-year-old woman seriously injured on Sunday night.
According to Indiana State Police, 21-year-old Andrew Winch sped through a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle carrying four people at the intersection of 5th Street and Benton Street at around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
83-year-old Mary Hipskind was killed in the crash and 72-year-old Barbara Knowlton suffered serious injuries. The other two occupants of that vehicle and Winch were not injured in the crash, according to police.
Police believe that Winch was driving a pick-up truck westbound on 5th Street when he ignored a stop sign and collided with a Honda CRV being driven by 76-year-old Norman Knowlton.
Winch has been charged with several offenses, including OWI and reckless homicide.
Attorney Jeff Gibson has represented countless drunk driving crash victims and their families, helping them recover the financial compensation they deserve. Jeff has offered to add some general information on the options for financial compensation available to victims of accidents with drunk drivers, for example, a rear ended by drunk driver settlement.
Drunk driving crashes have devastating consequences. Other innocent drivers are often left with serious injuries after a collision with a drunk driver. In some cases, these injuries can be fatal, leaving families to grieve over the preventable and tragic death of a loved one. The people injured in these crashes and the families of those killed in them deserve answers, justice, and financial support for the variety of difficulties they face.
In all 50 states, drunk drivers can be sued for injuries with personal injury lawsuits and for deaths with wrongful death lawsuits. Additionally, Indiana and many other states have dram shop laws that allow these victims and families to file lawsuits against alcohol vendors for negligently serving alcohol to someone who went on to cause a drunk driving crash.
According to Indiana’s dram shop law, an alcohol vendor can be sued for injuries or deaths if the vendor provided alcohol to someone who they knew was intoxicated at the time and this intoxication was a foreseeable cause of injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a crash caused by a drunk driver, our experienced drunk driving crash victims attorneys are here to help your family find justice during this difficult time. You can learn more about your family’s legal rights in a free consultation.