On March 10, a man in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an accident that killed a motorcyclist on June 28, 2014. The crash involved a 1995 Ford Windstar van and a 2010 Victory motorcycle. The 64-year-old man who was driving the motorcycle was killed in the accident, and the 26-year-old man driving the van was handed several criminal charges.
A report from the West Manheim Township Police Department explained that the motorcycle crash occurred when the van driver was traveling south on Baltimore Pike. Police say the driver crossed the centerline near Garrett Road and struck the victim's motorcycle. Afterwards, the van caught fire, and the driver suffered moderate injuries. The van driver reportedly told police that he had closed his eyes for several seconds before causing the fatal crash.
When the van driver was interviewed after the accident, police learned that he was an undocumented immigrant. Police also found out that he had been previously charged for driving without a valid license in Pennsylvania. Although he was originally handed a charge for homicide by vehicle, the man was able to work out a plea deal in which that charge was dismissed. He pleaded guilty to careless driving resulting in an unintentional death and causing an accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed.
A family that has lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident involving a careless driver might decide to file a wrongful death claim against the driver. During this difficult time, many families choose to seek help from an attorney. An attorney may be able to handle the uncomfortable tasks of gathering evidence from the crash scene and assessing the financial damages that should be claimed.
Source: Pennlive.com, "Van driver pleads guilty in crash that killed motorcyclist," Steve Marroni, March 10, 2015