A Minnesota truck driver has reportedly been charged with drunken driving resulting in death in a crash that killed an Atlanta man, according to police and court records.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Christopher J. Strout, 52, of Plainview, Minn., is being held at a county jail after a Judge Laura M. Sullivan on Saturday confirmed a $300,000 bond set for him when a warrant was issued for his arrest earlier this month.
The Tribune reported Strout is accused in the death of Brian S. Gibson, 35, of Atlanta, after the crash just before 4:40 a.m. July 17 on an interstate near Alsip, according to a news release from Illinois State Police.
The semi Strout was driving, which was pulling a trailer, hit a passenger car and then overturned, police said at the time of the crash.
The passenger car became engulfed in flames, police said. The driver of the car was unable to get out of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, the Tribune reported.
Strout was reportedly ticketed at the time, but a felony warrant for his arrest on the DUI charge was issued, and he turned himself in to state police on Friday, according to the news release.
Can I Sue the Drunk Driver For Causing the Accident?
A drunk driver is liable for all injuries caused to another person in accident while intoxicated or operating under the influence of alchohol.
In addition to the criminal penalties and fines, a civil lawsuit can be filed to seek compensation from the driver and owner of the vehicle for injuries and harm caused in the accident.
The insurance company for the driver and the owner of the vehicle typically pays the settlement in the case.
If the drunk driver was in the course of employment, the employer may also be responsible for the injuries caused in the accident.
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