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Montana grandmother and child killed in car accident

A tragic crash on April 30 has left two people dead and two others seriously injured. The car accident claimed the lives of a 51-year-old Montana grandmother and her 16-year-old granddaughter. Police are investigating the crash, though it appears alcohol was involved and charges may yet be filed.

Police say the grandmother was traveling east on a Montana highway when another vehicle smashed into hers head-on, traveling the wrong way in the eastbound lane. A witness said they saw the wayward car first and swerved to avoid being hit. The victim's vehicle was directly behind and was struck instead.

When authorities arrived at the scene, the granddaughter was pronounced dead. The grandmother was taken to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Both the driver and passenger of the other vehicle were hospitalized with severe injuries, with the passenger reported as being in critical condition. Montana Highway Patrol has reported that no one involved in the crash was wearing a restraint.

The investigation into this car accident is still ongoing; however, Montana police have reason to believe the driver of the second vehicle may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. Should this prove to be the case, criminal charges will likely be filed against the driver of the second vehicle, and the surviving family of the deceased may be able to seek additional legal recourse against the driver. The families may benefit from an understanding of Montana laws related to wrongful death and DUI, both of which would be relevant to such a suit.

Source: kxlh.com, "Helena woman and grand-daughter die in crash," Melissa Anderson, May 1, 2013

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