Idaho Parents Files Wrongful Death Suit After Son’s Fatal Collision

The parents of a teen killed in a car accident have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.The family of Idaho college student who was killed in a car accident last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the other parties involved in the incident.

Devon Austin, 19, was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed after reportedly being chased by another car after a party. Both Austin and the driver, 18-year-old Ryan Reinhardt died in the collision.

Police discovered that both Austin and Reinhardt had blood alcohol levels surpassing 0.08 percent at the time of the crash, according to the Coeur d' Alene Press. Kade Laughlin, who was behind the wheel of the other car was also intoxicated and has been charged with reckless driving.

The lawsuit lists Tim and Paula Austin along with Jessica Duran, the crash's only survivor, as plaintiffs in the case. The suit names Laughlin, the deceased Reinhardt and three others as defendants and seeks $50,000 in damages.

Teen drivers between ages 16 and 19 are four times more likely than older motorists to crash, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, the risk of getting in an accident increases considerably when other teen passengers are in the vehicle.