On Nov. 10, a judge in Pennsylvania sentenced a 35-year-old man for his role in a 2011 accident that claimed two lives, authorities reported. The man had entered a guilty plea to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of DUI. Prosecutors claim that the man had used marijuana and synthetic marijuana before the accident.
The 2011 accident occurred on Interstate 84 in Dunmore on Oct. 6. Police believed that the 35-year-old man had a seizure while driving a dump truck. As a result, he lost control of the vehicle, crossing a median at a speed high enough to cause the truck to leave the ground. The truck then hit a car carrying 40-year-old twin siblings from Rochester, reportedly.
The collision occurred with so much force that the roof of the car was sliced off, authorities stated. The 40-year-old twins died as a result of the incident. Prosecutors claim that the 35-year-old man failed to include his history of seizures on his application for a commercial vehicle license and failed to notify potential employers of his medical condition.
The judge presiding over the case sentenced the 35-year-old man to two years in an intermediate program in which he would receive drug and alcohol treatment at a state prison. A 13-year probation sentence will follow his release from the intermediate program, reportedly.
Victims' families often monitor criminal cases related to their loved one's deaths. While the immediate family members of deceased car accident victims do not receive compensation from criminal court proceedings, they may seek to hold a negligent driver liable for the incident in civil court, filing a wrongful death claim. A personal injury attorney may help such families obtain financial compensation via such a lawsuit.
Source: WHEC, "Man sentenced for 2011 Pennsylvania crash that killed two Rochester siblings", Lia Lando, November 10, 2014