Bad drivers are a danger to everyone else on Pennsylvania's roads. What's sometimes forgotten is that bad drivers can be a danger even to people who are not on the roads themselves, but are pedestrians or even inside their homes. This danger was brought home to people about a month ago in one Pennsylvania community.
According to police, on April 6 a car left the roadway, smashed through the side of a house and entered a bedroom on the first floor. Police said that inside that bedroom was an 86-year-old woman. The woman was pronounced dead after emergency crews arrived on the scene.
A 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle. Authorities said that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.172 percent, well over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. He allegedly was under the influence of marijuana as well. Additionally, police said that the man was driving over 80 mph on the street and accelerated after his car left the road. The man was arraigned and bail was set at $100,000.
The district attorney described the alleged victim as her family's matriarch whose death would forever affect the family's sense of safety in the home.
In a fatal car crash such as this one, the responsible party will generally face criminal charges for their actions. They may also face civil liability. When a negligent party causes the death of another person in a car accident, the negligent party may be required to pay compensation to the family of the victim. Damages may include loss of companionship and pain and suffering.
Source: 6 Action News, "DA: Driver going 80+ mph when car hit house, killed sleeping woman in Franconia Twp., Pa.," April 24, 2018