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Drunk drivers: Man convicted for death in 2018 incident

College students in Missouri and elsewhere around the country typically enjoy gathering at local restaurants to unwind and socialize. For a period of time, they can put away the stress of classes, studying for tests and perhaps juggling jobs and relationships. Most students or other patrons would likely never believe that drunk drivers could be responsible for turning their time together in an eating establishment into disaster. However, one such driver was recently convicted of a DWI-related death that occurred in a Maryville eatery last year.

In Jan. 2018, a 19-year old woman who attended Northwest Missouri State University was at the Palms Bar and Grill. In the early morning hours, a 22-year-old man driving a black pickup truck apparently crashed into the restaurant, according to the Maryville Police Department. The young woman was hit by the truck when it hit the building. She was transported to a nearby hospital and later died as a result of her injuries.

The driver of the truck submitted to a blood test after he had been arrested at the scene of the incident. According to a toxicology report from the crime lab of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's office, the man's blood alcohol content was almost three times the legal limit at .235. A jury reached a unanimous guilty verdict after four days of testimony, which included footage from body cam and eyewitness accounts.

Drunk drivers endanger the lives of innocent people, whether they are in vehicles, walking or even sitting in buildings. If loved ones have died because of another person's willful negligence behind the wheel, survivors may choose to pursue wrongful death litigation. A Missouri personal injury lawyer can assist families with filing a lawsuit. A successful outcome in these proceedings can provide families with compensation for funeral expenses as well as for the grief and suffering from their loss.

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