Car accidents that end in the death of the victim can be emotionally trying for the family of the victim, but the months after can be even harder for the family. If the driver who caused the accident is charged criminally, the case can be a constant reminder for the family of their loss. However, one family in California recently received some closure as the driver was convicted for her involvement in the car accident.
The initial crash took place on the night of Nov. 24, 2012, just before 11:30 p.m. and involved one vehicle and a pedestrian. The accident occurred after the driver struck a pedestrian and proceeded to continue to drive with the victim in her windshield. Other drivers made her stop when they surrounded her vehicle. One of these drivers took her keys.
The pedestrian who was struck, a 31-year-old male, died from his injuries. No other victims were involved in the accident. The woman was found guilty of second-degree murder, leaving the scene of the accident and driving under the influence. California police stated that the woman’s blood alcohol content level was almost twice the legal limit.
Since the woman has been officially convicted for her involvement in the car accident, the family of the deceased victim may have the right to seek monetary compensation for wrongful death. Compensation could help the family with their pain and suffering as well as with the final expenses of the victim. Receiving compensation may help the family get closure as they deal with the tragic death of their loved one.
Source: digitaljournal.com, “California woman sentenced to 55 years to life in DUI death“, Arthur Weinreb, June 15, 2014