A woman was sentenced to two years in prison for her role in an auto accident that resulted in the wrongful deaths of five people. She will be serving her two years of confinement doing hard labor at a prison in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Two of the five victims were under ten years of age. In the state of Louisiana, when a car accident death involves a victim under ten years of age, it opens the door to a wider range of punishment in verdicts.
The accident took place on Interstate 10. According to witnesses, a man who was aggressively driving his truck attempted to pass the woman who was in her SUV. The woman maneuvered her vehicle to prevent him from passing her. This continued back and forth until the man driving the truck lost control, crossed the median and slammed head on into an auto carrying five people.
The man driving the truck had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit and is still awaiting trial. One or both drivers still face pending civil action. After all, there are certain issues that the families of the victims may be addressing. Issues like loss of life, loss of income, pain and suffering and trauma are but a handful.
A car accident death is never easy to deal with. This accident in particular was quite horrific. Not only were there five fatalities, but the victims were said to have been screaming for help as the vehicle burned. This will certainly remain an emotional case for everyone involved. A court in Louisiana will hear any pending civil litigation at a later date; this could help to bring the family some closure.
Source: www.nola.com, Driver convicted of negligent homicide for wreck that killed 5 sentenced to serve 2 years in prison, Emily Lane, Oct. 23, 2013