Man Gets 10 Years In Prison For Fatal Oklahoma Crash
Sudden deaths are tragic for friends and loved ones involved in the victim's life. It is always unfair when a good person's life is taken prematurely. This is true of an Oklahoma taxi driver who happened to be a the wrong place at the wrong time when another car suddenly crossed the center median and entered her lane. The woman probably never saw the man's SUV until it was too late. Despite an Oklahoma hospital's best efforts, she succumbed to her injuries sustained the crash.
The man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after confessing to his activities prior to the fatal accident. He admitted to inhaling computer cleaner just minutes before the crash. This normally mundane substance, used inappropriately, directly caused the man's inability to keep control of his vehicle. He was sentenced to 20 years for his crime, with ten years suspended.
When an impaired or intoxicated driver receives a severe criminal sentence for causing a fatal accident, the victim's family may feel some satisfaction. But the criminal proceedings will not help a family recover financially from the death. A family may have large bills related to medical and funeral expenses. In cases where the defendant was found guilty in a criminal court of law, this bodes well for a wrongful death suit.
In most fatal motor vehicle accident cases an insurance company will likely be the payor of any damages awarded to the family. While a wrongful death suit cannot turn back the hands of time, it can provide a sense of justice and help compensate the family for their loss.
Source: swoknews.com, "Man guilty of murder in crash," September 12, 2016