BAYOU LA BATRE, ALABAMA – Last Tuesday, a single-vehicle car accident outside of Bayou La Batre, Alabama took the life of one teenager and changed another’s life forever. Alabama State Police say the driver of the vehicle, Chanel Symoungphone (age 15), did not have a driver’s license or even a learner’s permit. Symoungphone had taken her mother’s car without her parents’ knowledge and was driving away from a student government meeting at Alma Bryant High School when her car ran off the road and crashed, killing her 16-year-old passenger, Kadishia Moore.
Symoungphone is in the hospital for serious auto accident injuries suffered when she was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Under Alabama car accident laws, Symoungphone could face criminal charges, but Alabama State Police have yet to comment on whether they will indeed press charges. It is also unknown at this time whether Kadishia Moore’s family is considering a wrongful death lawsuit in Alabama court.
This tragic accident illustrates how dangerous it can be for teens in Alabama or anywhere to drive without proper training and a valid driver’s license. The Alabama auto accident attorneys of Long & Long have represented many Alabama car accident injury victims over the years and, therefore, understand the dangers facing all Alabama drivers. We urge all Alabama drivers, especially teenagers, to always drive with caution and be alert in order to avoid serious car accident injuries and fatal crashes.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash in Alabama, please contact the Mobile, Alabama motor vehicle accident lawyers of Long & Long today to tell us about your case and find out about your legal options.