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Fatal car accidents: Award-winning chef accused of DWI

An award-winning chef in New York is facing vehicular manslaughter charges following a March 3 crash on Rt. 34. Authorities say this was one of those car accidents in which an impaired driver crossed into the lanes of oncoming traffic and caused a fatal crash. The accident occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. on that Saturday, and it claimed the life of another driver.

Deputies say the chef was northbound on Rt 34 in Fleming when he veered across the center line. Reportedly, he crashed into a southbound vehicle with four occupants. That vehicle's driver, a 25-year-old Auburn man, died at the accident scene. All three of his passengers were injured, although their injuries were not life-threatening.

Authorities arrested the well-known chef upon his release from the hospital after treatment of the injuries he suffered in the crash. They allege that he had consumed alcohol before driving. Along with the manslaughter charge, he will face several other charges, including aggravated DWI, vehicular assault, alcohol consumption while driving and failure to maintain his traffic lane.

Whenever lives are lost in car accidents, the surviving family members may pursue financial relief regardless of the outcome of criminal charges. They can seek the support and guidance of an experienced New York personal injury attorney to help them establish negligence and document their claims for adjudication by the court. Along with financial losses such as end-of-life expenses and lost income, they could include emotional damages such as pain and suffering brought about by the trauma of losing a loved one.

Source: syracuse.com, "Well-known chef from Skaneateles charged with vehicular manslaughter in Cayuga County", Chris Libonati, March 21, 2018

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