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Alleged impaired boat operator might face wrongful death claim

A mother of a 2-year-old daughter who was out on an Alaska lake for a day of fun earlier this month lost her life in a tragic accident. Her surviving family members then had to deal with unanticipated end-of-life expenses at a time when they were likely overcome with grief. Fortunately, the civil justice system of Alaska allows them to pursue financial relief by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Reportedly, the 35-year-old mother was on a flotation tube with two friends when it was struck by a boat that was operated by a 26-year-old man. Reportedly, after the boat sliced across the raft, the man left the scene while passengers on his vessel called 911. Witnesses then saw him taking a malfunctioning watercraft, which left him stranded in the middle of the lake., where he was later arrested.

An incident report indicates that one of the two women who were on the flotation tube with the deceased woman suffered critical injuries. She was in a coma while the other one fractured her collarbone. The man who operated the boat is now facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, assault and manslaughter.

He will be under house arrest at the home of his parents. The deceased woman's family is outraged because the performance bond of the accused boat operator was reduced from $50,000 to $10,000 during a recent hearing. However, despite the ultimate outcome of the criminal charges, they are entitled to name him as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit. With the support and guidance of an experienced Alaska attorney, they may be able to recover financial and emotional damages incurred due to the tragedy.

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