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Motorcyclist dead, passenger suffers personal injury in wreck

A collision between a motorcycle and an SUV left one man dead and a woman injured. This accident occurred Feb. 2, at approximately 1 a.m., in Denham Springs. The driver responsible failed to remain at the scene, but Louisiana State Troopers located and arrested her later that same day. With the responsible party identified, the surviving victim may pursue a personal injury claim in an effort to seek compensation for her losses and the family members of the deceased may also file civil claims in order to seek relief.

According to reports, police believe that the accused attempted a left-hand turn in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle driver had no time to react, struck the vehicle and he and his passenger went flying off of their bike. The driver -- a 25-year-old male -- died at the scene. His passenger -- a 27-year-old female -- was taken to an area hospital with unspecified injuries.

The accused was booked into a detention center in Livingston Parish. She is charged with a number of violations, including felony hit and run, vehicular homicide, failure stop at the posted stop sign, reckless operation and negligent injuring. It is unclear when this case will be heard in criminal court.

Motorcycle accidents like this one occur all too frequently in Louisiana and elsewhere. Why? Well, there are a number of reasons why these events happen, such as failure to see and driver impairment -- to name a couple. Right now, police have not released a cause for this collision, but if driver negligence contributed to the wreck, personal injury and wrongful death claims may be successfully negotiated or litigated in civil court.

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