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Four injured in drunk driving crash

A tragic car accident in Helena, Mont., has left four people injured after colliding near the intersection of North Montana Avenue and Sierra Road. One of the victims was transported to the hospital in critical condition after the Feb. 27 crash. Authorities report that the crash happened at about 5:15 p.m., and alcohol is believed to have played a role.

Officers said emergency responders took about 30 minutes to extract the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck that was involved in the crash. Two other vehicles were also involved in the crash, which was caused by the driver of a Dodge Neon. That driver's blood alcohol content levels were about three times the legal limit when they were measured at 8 p.m., according to official reports.

The drunk driver was turning into the entrance of the Helena Campground and RV Park, which is located just before the intersection in question. She failed to yield to a vehicle that was driving south on Montana Avenue. The resulting collision sent the second vehicle spinning into another pickup truck.

The injury status of the other people involved in the accident remains unknown.

In this case, it is clear that the female driver is to blame, not only because she made a poor driving decision but also because she was clearly intoxicated. Her negligent driving habits caused four people to sustain injury in connection with the crash. The victim who was extracted from the truck sustained injuries so severe that he was listed in critical condition.

That man likely is accumulating a significant amount of medical debt in connection with his treatment. As a result, he will likely file a civil suit against the at-fault driver. That man, along with the other victims, can seek financial compensation for his medical bills, along with pain and suffering and emotional distress, among other claims.

It is not clear whether the woman is currently facing charges in connection with the crash.

Source: The Independent Record, "4 injured, 1 in critical condition after Valley crash," Eddie Gregg, Feb. 28, 2013.

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