Crashes caused by recklessness are some of the most tragic, particularly for families who lose a loved one. If you’ve lost someone because of a drunk driver’s negligence or because another driver felt speeding was appropriate, you do have rights as a member of the victim’s family. On top of a civil case, the driver who killed your loved one may be sentenced, like in this case.
A federal officer and part-time Uber driver has been sentenced in a case in which he struck another vehicle and left a woman dead. According to the story, the man had been driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .10 percent when he struck a Ford Taurus with his Ford Fusion traveling at around 84 mph. He was traveling in a 40 mph speed zone.
When the accident occurred, it was because the 35-year-old drove his vehicle across double yellow lines; the other driver was unable to avoid him. The crash was severe enough that it took the life of the 50-year-old woman, a mother of one.
Shortly after the wreck, a 911 call came in from a different driver who witnessed the event. That driver said that the black vehicle, the 35-year-old man’s car, was speeding and that the driver was being reckless. He had run a red light right before the accident.
The 50-year-old woman passed away after the collision, leaving her daughter, now 12, and husband behind. In lieu of the events, the 35-year-old man has been sentenced for the crash, and he will spend five years in prison. He has another five years of probation to complete following his sentence as well.
Source: NBC Washington, “Federal Officer and Part-Time Uber Driver Sentenced to 5 Years for Fatal Drunken Driving Crash,” Jackie Bensen and Ellie Hartleb, Aug. 03, 2016