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Woman ran over by her friend after heated argument

After one year of court delays, a woman accused of killing her friend in a drunk driving accident in Iowa is expected to plead guilty. The 51-year-old woman was charged with vehicular homicide and drunken driving after running her friend over with a Dodge Ram truck. The combination of the charges could receive a maximum prison sentence of up to 25 years.

The fatal pedestrian accident occurred in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Iowa City. According to reports, the 44-year-old victim had gotten into an argument with her friend. The dispute became so heated that it turned into a physical altercation. When the accused attempted to leave, she left the driver's side door hanging open. As the 51-year-old backed up the truck, her friend was knocked down by the door and run over.

When officers arrived, they found the woman suffering from fatal injuries. The victim was then taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where she was pronounced dead. According to police, the driver admitted to drinking alcohol at a bar earlier in the evening.

While there is little doubt that the family of the victim has been through a tremendous amount of emotional strain over the past year, the loss of a loved one can also be a large financial burden. Many families in the similar situations may choose to hire an experienced lawyer to help them file a wrongful death claim. A lawyer may be able to help the family by negotiating a settlement for compensation for funeral expenses and lost wages. If the individuals responsible deny liability, the lawyer may suggest pursuing the claim in civil court.

Source: KCRG, "Iowa City Woman to Plead Guilty to Hitting, Killing Friend With Truck", Vanessa Miller, September 30, 2013

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