We all know that drunk drivers might be on the roads with us, especially during the holiday season. However, none of us are prepared for the worst – actually being involved in a car accident that was caused by a drunk driver. When these types of collisions occur, the results are often deadly.

That was the case in a recent incident. According to reports, a woman from El Paso was killed when she was struck by a drunk driver on November 15. The reports indicate that the collision occurred during the late evening hours, as the woman was pulled over on Interstate 10 awaiting a tow truck. The woman, age 57, was inside of her vehicle at the time of the collision. She was transported for medical treatment, but she died at the hospital. Others in the vehicle with the deceased victim required medical treatment as well.

The alleged drunk driver, a 63-year-old man, is now facing criminal charges. The reports indicate that this is not the drunk driver’s first run-in with the law: he was reportedly charged with drunk driving back in 2006 as well.

Although the suspect who caused this deadly crash will now be facing serious criminal charges, that does not rule out the possibility that the deceased victim’s family may seek to pursue a lawsuit with a wrongful death claim. Such a claim could result in an award of financial compensation to the victim’s surviving family members, which could help cover the costs of any medical treatment the victim received, as well as provide a financial substitute for wages the victims would have earned if she had not died in this tragic collision.