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4 years after fatal crash, Connecticut drunk driver sentenced

A car accident can happen in the blink of an eye; and when a drunk driver is behind the wheel those moments can be catastrophic. A drunk driver is unpredictable and reckless, which means that the chances of them causing an accident are far too high. Their impaired decision-making skills combined with impaired vision and reflexes only makes them that much more dangerous on the road and they can cause irreparable damage.

drunk driving accident claimed the life of a 29-year-old student in Connecticut four years ago, and driver only recently pleaded no contest. This case is a grim reminder of how tragic drunk driving accidents can be and how important it can be to hold a drunk driver responsible.

According to the warrant for arrest, two men had attended a Tom Petty concert in Connecticut. They had been drinking at the concert and after the concert was over, one man borrowed his friend's vehicle to get to his own car in a different lot.

It was during this drive that the alcohol affected his judgment. While he was attempting to turn around and get on the highway, he got onto the wrong ramp and was heading the wrong way on the road when he struck the young man who was riding a motorcycle. Initially, the motorcyclist survived the accident, but died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.

The driver has pleaded no contest to manslaughter and he faces up to eight years in prison for his role in the accident. However, as is often the case, the family of the young man who was killed has also chosen to file a civil claim against the driver and the man who owned the vehicle he had borrowed. There is no amount of money that can truly compensate families for this type of loss, but civil lawsuits can enhance penalties against a negligent party and help families recover and find some closure.

Source: The Courant, "Essex Man Faces Prison In Crash That Killed Motorcyclist" David Owens, April 1, 2014

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