It has been reported that a Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty in April to causing a car accident that left an 18-year-old woman dead. The man had been found to be under the influence of alcohol and heroin at the time of the accident.
The accident occurred on July 8, 2014. The man, age 29, was driving on Lampeter Roard in West Lapeter Township when he collided with a vehicle that was being driven by the 18-year-old woman. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
Authorities stated that the man's driver's license had been suspended at the time of the motor vehicle crash. It was also determined that he had a blood alcohol content of approximately three times the legal limit. He is facing a prison sentence that could range from 20 to 50 years.
Any car accident can potentially leave a person with serious injuries, including broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. In some cases, these injuries may be too severe to recover from and the person may die as a result. When a loved one dies in a auto accident caused by another motorist, the surviving family members are often left with both financial and emotional damages. In some cases, they may choose to seek compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash. An attorney may assist in the preparation of the claim that typically requests funeral and burial expenses as well as other damages permitted by statute.
Source: Fox43, "Lancaster man gets 20-to-50 year sentence for DUI crash that killed teen girl in W. Lampeter Township, Valerie Waltz, April 29, 2015