According to WUSA9.com, the family of Julia Bachleitner is suing Chamica Adams for DC wrongful death. Bachleitner, a Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies student from Austria was killed last September in an Adams Morgan pedestrian accident. The 26-year-old student’s family is seeking $20 million from Adams, who was drunk when she drove a car into a group of graduate students. Other defendants include the bar that served Adams alcohol prior to the deadly collision and her mother.
At around 8:30pm on September 8, 2010, Adams, who was making a left turn, drove over a traffic island to accidentally struck Bachleitner and another woman. She then crashed the vehicle into an empty restaurant. The other woman, Melissa Basque, suffered a concussion with a brain bleed, teeth loss, facial fractures, and a compound leg fracture.
Police say that Adams’s blood-alcohol level was almost two times the legal limit. The 24-year-old Mitchellville woman had consumed alcohol at the District Lounge and Grille right before the DC pedestrian accident. The Washington Times reports that there is security footage from the club showing her consuming several drinks and then stumbling out of the place. The C. Fields Group LLC, which owns the bar, is also a defendant in the Washington DC wrongful death case.
Adams, who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in March, has been sentenced to three years in prison. She will also serve five years probation and supervised release.
With driver negligence a common cause of Washington DC pedestrian accidents, you must work with a law firm that knows how to help you successfully pursue damages from all liable parties. Some pedestrian injuries can be so serious that a person could end up laid up for a very long time, forced to take time off work while dealing with expensive medical and rehabilitation bills. Obtaining DC personal injury recovery can help lift some of the financial pressure off you and your family.
Md. woman gets 3 years in fatal Adams Morgan drunk driving crash, The Washington Post, May 16, 2011
Three Years For Adams Morgan Drunk Driver, WUSA9, May 16, 2011
Related Web Resources:
District Department of Transportation
Pedestrians, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
More Blog Posts:
Washington DC Pedestrian Accident Involving Allegedly Drunk Driver Claims the Life of 26-Year-old Johns Hopkins University Graduate Student, Washington DC Injury Lawyer Blog, September 15, 2010
DC Injury Lawsuit Filed Against FBI Employee Over Hit-and-Run Car Accident, Washington DC Injury Lawyer Blog, April 6, 2011
Street Smart Program Aims to Prevent Washington DC Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents, Washington DC Injury Lawyer Blog, March 30, 2011