When a crash is egregious, the state has the option of pressing criminal charges against drivers. The accused can face both criminal charges and civil charges should they get sued by the victim or their representative. We do not know if the accused in this case is facing civil charges, but he has pled guilty to a death.
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According to NOLA.com, a man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman in a drunk driving accident as well as drug possession charges. He has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, five of which must be served.
The accident happened last August in Terrytown early in the morning. The drunk driver rammed into the back of the victim’s car so hard it went off the roadway and flipped onto the roof. Then the car caught fire and killed the driver from smoke inhalation and burns.
The drunk driver and his passenger were also injured. During the police investigation, the accused smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. He also admitted to drinking five shots of gin before driving and had crack cocaine in his pocket.
While it is good that he pleaded guilty, a criminal sentence may not be enough to make a family who lost someone to drunk driving whole. We hope that the family of the deceased is able to receive adequate compensation in this case for what this man did.
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