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1 killed, 1 charged in Bedford County accident

All roads are not alike, which is why each road has a designated speed limit. Long stretches of flat roads will usually have higher limits than roads with a lot of twists and turns. Driving on a road above its posted speed limit isn't just illegal, it's dangerous. A recent incident proves this point; a Bedford man is dead and another man is in the hospital facing charges after a speed-related car accident.

On Nov. 27, a car driven by a man was headed northbound on Route 715, also known as Otter Hill Road. The man took a turn too fast, went off the road and slammed into a tree. A passenger in the car, a 21-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was injured and taken to a local hospital. The severity an type of injuries he sustained was not disclosed by authorities.

The driver has been charged with driving while intoxicated. Other charges could be added later. Authorities could still be investigating the case or waiting for toxicology reports to come back to determine what substances were in the driver's bloodstream at the time of the accident.

The fact that the man was charged with driving while intoxicated could play into how the accident happened if the man's judgment was impaired due to alcohol consumption. Because the passenger died, the man could also face additional charges that will address that fact. Once authorities have completed their investigation, they will announce any other charges that might be found.

Whether it's speed, alcohol or both, an accident that takes a life is a tragic thing. Those who are affected by such tragedies have a right to seek compensation for medical and final expenses, loss of companionship and pain and suffering. A legal professional experienced in this area can help.

Source: WSET, "One Dead in Bedford Co. Accident" No author given, Nov. 27, 2013

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