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Car accident the result of suicide attempt

New Hampshire residents know that accidents occur on the roads. In most cases, car accidents are just that: accidents. Though many accidents can be avoided through more diligent driving and vehicle operation, very rarely an accident is caused on purpose. One man told police he was depressed and was trying to kill himself when he caused a fatal car accident.

According to reports, the incident took place on Dec. 7 on an interstate in New Hampshire. The police arrested a 53-year-old driver and charged him with second-degree assault and two counts of second-degree murder. Despite telling police that he was trying to kill himself, the man later pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The accident began with the man's pickup truck left the highway. It crossed over the median and became airborne. The truck then crashed into an SUV carrying a pregnant woman and a man. Both of the people in the SUV died, which is where the second-degree murder charges stem from. The assault charge is related to the woman's unborn child.

According to reports, the 53-year-old driver of the pickup truck was on antidepressant medication. Authorities state he argued with his spouse about the medication the morning before the crash. The man's attorney said he was seeking mental health treatment in another state.

Criminal proceedings don't make a civil compensation claim impossible. Criminal cases often provide necessary information to bolster a personal injury case, but can include complications when individuals are jailed. For family members seeking compensation after losing a loved one in a vehicular homicide incident, it's essential to understand how criminal and civil cases impact each other.

Source: Pittsburg Post-Gazette, "Former PPG executive who was driver in fatal crash faces second-degree murder charges" Joyce Gannon, Apr. 23, 2014

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