Wrong-Way Driver Kills Three on I-69
Tragedy struck last Friday evening as three people were killed in an accident on I-69 in Pike County. Initial investigation indicates that drugs played a role in the accident, in which Brian Paquette of Newport News, Virginia drove his SUV the wrong direction in both the northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate. We are monitoring this case for updates.
State Trooper Hunter Manning was alerted by another motorist that a driver was traveling the wrong direction, and upon locating the vehicle six miles away, attempted to get Paquette’s attention to prevent him from driving any further northbound while in the southbound lane. Instead of heeding the warning of the trooper, Paquette entered the median, made a U-turn and began driving south in the northbound lanes.
Paquette’s vehicle then struck two others, one carrying Jason and Samantha Lowe of Fishers, and the other carrying Stephanie Molinet of Elberfield and Autumn Kapperman of Boonville. Both Jason Lowe and Kapperman, who was five months pregnant, were pronounced dead at the scene. Molinet died Saturday morning from her injuries. Samantha Lowe was taken to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, as was Paquette.
The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that nearly 10 million people 12 or older reported driving under the influence of drugs in the past year. These individuals are reckless and breaking the law. If you or a loved one have been affected by a driver operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs, the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese have the experience you need to secure compensation and assist you with your recovery. In the case of wrongful death, we understand there is no way of replacing the loved one you have lost; however, we can help you ensure you and other family members are taken care of in the way your loved one would have wanted. If you’ve been injured, or if you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent driving, call our offices today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a FREE consultation.