Man sentenced after causing death of friend in car accident

Although it seems most drivers charged with DUI are younger, there is not an age limit to this type offense. Anyone of any age who drinks, drives and causes a car accident that results in death or serious injuries can be sentenced to serve time in jail, time on probation and/or be subject to other penalties. Meanwhile, there are numerous families facing futures without someone they love because of the negligent choices of others. A Georgia man has been sentenced for causing the death of a friend in a car accident because he chose to drive drunk.

Nearly two years ago, the 61-year-old man chose to drive, not only after he had been drinking but also after he had taken an antihistamine that only served to increase the magnitude of his impairment. According to investigation reports, he was going nearly 50 mph over the posted speed limit when his car went off the road and slammed into a tree. His passenger, 12 years his senio, was killed instantly. Blood alcohol testing showed the driver's level was well over the legal limit.

The man pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence, as well as other charges that had been brought against him. Although the district attorney's office wanted him to serve 10 years of a 15-year sentence in jail, the judge ruled that he serve a probation period of 10 years to include a short stint in a state probation detention center. In addition, his driver's license was suspended, he was required to perform community service and was subject to a number of other stipulations. He had already served one week in the detention center.

Families who have lost a loved one in a car accident do not have the chance to say goodbye when death is instantaneous. This can often make the loss even harder to bear. This can bring about an urge for the family to seek justice in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. Georgia residents needing counsel on the process required by the court can speak to an attorney with a thorough knowledge of the personal injury laws of the state.

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