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Auto accidents may result in drivers facing serious charges

There are many hazards that motorists face when they travel Arizona highways. Unfortunately, one of the greatest threats to their safety is the actions of negligent drivers, who often cause serious auto accidents. Recently, a driver was formally accused of causing the deaths of a young woman and her passenger. 

In July, police reported to the scene of a deadly crash that killed a 24-year-old woman and her 20-year-old passenger. Authorities say the wreck occurred when a speeding driver, a 30-year-old man, failed to stop at a traffic signal. His car collided with another vehicle in an intersection.

Reportedly, the driver fled the scene of the crash on foot. In spite of a wide-spread search, Arizona police were unable to locate him for months. Recently, authorities from Mexico turned the man over to federal authorities. He is currently being held without a bond.

The exact charges against the man have not been announced, though they will likely result in a substantial prison sentence should a conviction  be obtained. He purportedly does have a criminal history of assault for which he was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison. The victims' families may experience a small measure of closure and justice at the announcement that the driver believed to be responsible for their losses has been apprehended and may be held criminally accountable. They may still struggle to cope with the financial damages they have likely incurred. Families in similar situations may elect to pursue recovery of the monetary damages caused by auto accidents through the state's civil justice system.

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