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Suing a Drunk Driver

Posted by: Jon

In Saskatchewan, you can sue drunk drivers for your pain and suffering, even if you have Nofault insurance. In fact, you can sue someone for your pain and suffering if they assault you with their vehicle. A condition to the ability to sue for pain and suffering in these two scenarios are a criminal conviction.

Luckily, in this case, this woman's children were not in the car with her:

A 20-year-old Florida woman is facing child neglect charges after she drove her car into a river and then begged first responders to save her children allegedly trapped inside.

Her car ended up in the Halifax River and she ended up clinging to a wall with her legs in the water.

But Lopresti’s story took a strange turn when a police officer arrived. His experience of the incident was captured by a body camera.

“They’re in the car. They’re not breathing,” Lopresti could be heard saying. “Please, those are my kids, those are my kids.”

Authorities immediately sprung into action, worried children were dying, and were certainly shocked with what they found when they reached the car.


Angelina Lopresti

Angelina Lopresti, 20, later confessed to being “[expletive] drunk.”


“We had four police officers and two firefighters that jumped into the water, discovered that no one was in the vehicle,” Daytona Beach Police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said.


Lopresti’s children, as it turned out, were actually asleep in their beds. Officers confirmed the three-year-old and five-year-old’s whereabouts approximately an hour later and recognized that their mother had left them alone to “drink and drive.”

The 20-year-old mother later confessed to being “[expletive] drunk.” Police say she smelled of alcohol and was belligerent.

Lopresti was arrested early Tuesday on two counts of child neglect without harm and could also face DUI charges pending blood test results. She posted a $2000 bail and was released from Volusia County Jail later that morning.

© Shaw Media, 2015

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