27-year-old Nehamiah Carstarphen is facing several charges following a fatal crash that left two dead and four injured at the intersection of Torresdale and Cottman in Philadelphia’s Mayfair neighborhood early Sunday morning.
According to investigators, Carstarphen was driving a Chevy Malibu at around 2:43 a.m. and came to the intersection of Torresdale and Cottman, where he drove around two vehicles stopped at a red light. During this maneuver, a Nissan Maxima with a green light crashed into the Malibu.
One of the passengers in the Maxima, Ciara Parker, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. A 28-year-old woman driving that vehicle suffered a back fracture, while a 30-year-old passenger suffered severe head trauma and brain bleeding. A 29-year-old woman broke her hip and leg in the crash.
Carstarphen suffered a broken arm during the crash. His 18-year-old nephew Rashaan Cole was a passenger in the Malibu and was pronounced dead after being transported to Frankford Torresdale Hospital.
Carstarphen has been charged with driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle, and related charges.
Lawyer contributor Brian Kent, has helped recover financial compensation for people injured by drunk drivers and the families of those killed in fatal drunk driving crashes. We’ve asked Brian to share some of his knowledge on the legal rights of these victims and families in Pennsylvania:
When a drunk driver causes a crash and other people are injured or killed, those injured (and their families in fatal crash cases) should be aware of their legal options and their right to financial compensation.
These crashes cause untold devastation, affecting those involved as well as their families. Unmanageable medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering are just a few of the common difficulties people face after being hit by a drunk driver. In many cases, those involved will require financial assistance for these difficulties.
In Pennsylvania and many other states, the drunk driver is not the only one who can be held liable for damages following a crash. These states have dram shop laws which allow drunk driving crash victims and their families to file lawsuits against alcohol vendors who negligently served the drunk driver before the crash.
According to Pennsylvania’s dram shop law, alcohol vendors can be held liable for serving someone who was visibly intoxicated or under 21 years of age if that person goes on to injure someone else because they were intoxicated. Other violations of the state liquor law can also result in a dram shop claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed after getting hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyers.