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Louisiana woman thrown into windshield during car accident dies

Every single day around the nation, people needlessly die or are critically injured in accidents because of impaired drivers. The Louisiana State Police are investigating the death of a woman that died recently in a single-car accident. The man that was driving the car she was in somehow managed to walk away with only minor injuries.

The two were traveling in an SUV driven by the man in the early morning hours of May 25. He somehow lost control of the vehicle causing it to veer off the road and slam into a tree. During the impact, the woman in the passenger seat was violently propelled forward and smashed into the windshield of the vehicle.

While the driver was transported to an area hospital to be treated for minor injuries, the woman in the passenger's seat suffered injuries that she was not able to survive. She was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. The Louisiana State Police believe the driver may have been impaired at the time of the accident. Troopers are awaiting the results of toxicology tests as they complete their investigation.

If it turns out the driver was, in fact, impaired at the time of the car accident, it is highly probable that the woman would be alive today. Crashes involving impaired drivers are some of the most preventable on the road. Nonetheless, the woman did not survive the accident, and her family is now forced to bury her prematurely. Even if her family exercises their right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver, it won't change the fact that she is gone.

Source: wdsu.com, "Police: Unrestrained Patterson woman dies in one-car morning crash," May 25, 2013