An Alabama man was recently indicted after he caused a DUI accident that killed his passenger, 33-year-old RaKetrah Lashawn “Keke” Hatcher. AL.com reported that on March 22, 2019, Deyarpolus Rudolph, 41, and Hatcher were driving in a Birmingham neighborhood when the two were involved in a crash. The source says that Rudolph lost control of his Buick Regal and struck a power pole at around 3:18 a.m.
Officials arrived at the scene and that was where they pronounced Hatcher dead. The young woman leaves behind five children. While Rudolph did survive the accident, he was transported to an area hospital following the wreck. He was later arrested on September 30, 2019 and released that same day after posting a $60,000 bond. It wasn’t until recently, however, that Rudolph was formally charged with the crime (i.e. indicted). Rudolph was accused of driving while under the influence at the time of the crash and is now facing a vehicular manslaughter charge.
Did a drunk or drugged driver cause a collision in Alabama that was responsible for taking your loved one’s life?
Although the State of Alabama has enacted various laws to help prevent drivers from getting behind the wheel of their vehicle drunk, many disregard these laws and choose to operate their vehicle while under the influence. And did you know that 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive even after their license was suspended [Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)? It is for these reasons and many others that drunk driving accidents continue to occur in Alabama.
Now, if a drunk driver killed a loved one of yours in Alabama and you are seeking justice for their death, you are going to need to connect with an aggressive and knowledgeable Alabama drunk driving accident attorney—and USAttorneys.com can help you do this. After a family has lost someone close to them to a drunk driving crash, they often look for ways to ensure justice is served. One of the most common forms of legal action that is taken by the surviving family of a DUI accident victim is filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Not only will a lawsuit potentially lead to you recovering money that would help pay for things like burial costs, lost wages, and mental anguish, but there are certain types of damages you can seek (i.e. punitive damages) that aim to punish the offender. If you think filing a wrongful death lawsuit is the step you want to take or would like the opportunity to sit down with a qualified drunk driving accident lawyer in Alabama to discuss the accident, contact USAttorneys.com now.