A car crash happens often affects more people than those who were directly involved. The family and friends of any victims often have to deal with the aftermath of car accidents, particularly if their loved one died as a result. This may be what one family of an Arizona woman is experiencing after she recently lost her life when a man allegedly ran into her during a street race.

Authorities say that the accident happened on a recent afternoon when the 68-year-old woman was making a left turn onto a local road. A 22-year-old man was reportedly involved in a race with another vehicle and his car struck hers. The woman was rushed to a local hospital, but did not survive her injuries.

The man suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. A woman riding in his car was seriously injured. They were both transported to a nearby hospital, though the man was released later the same day. Police arrested then him and charged him with second-degree murder and aggravated assault. Officials say they have not yet concluded their investigation.

Even if the man is found not guilty of the criminal charges he is facing, the family of the woman who died has legal options available to them. They could decide to file a civil claim against the driver and any other parties deemed responsible for the fatal crash. A successful claim could result in monetary damages that may help the family cover outstanding medical bills, funeral costs or other financial losses related to the collision. Those here in Arizona who have lost loved ones in car accidents like this one can consult an attorney with experience in wrongful death and personal injury claims.