A Montana woman involved in a deadly car accident has been sentenced for her role in the crash. The car accident happened on Interstate 90. She was traveling the wrong way on the interstate and crashed into a man's sedan. Authorities accused the woman of being intoxicated prior to the accident and leveled criminal charges against her.
A 47-year-old man Billings man was killed in the crash. After the accident, the woman's blood alcohol content was reported as being three times higher than the legal limit. She was charged with both vehicular homicide and criminal endangerment.
For the homicide charge, the woman was sentenced to a 20-year prison term and must pay a $10,000 fine. She faces an additional 10-year sentence for criminal endangerment, but it is reported she will serve the sentences concurrently. Such a tragic car accident can be difficult to understand, but a court has ultimately held the woman criminally responsible for her actions.
The family in this Montana car accident case may have the legal right to pursue additional measures against the driver, specifically in the form of a civil claim. Since the woman has a criminal judgment against her, it could help bolster a family's claims against the woman. Anytime a death is caused by the negligent actions of another, whether it is intentional or unintentional, those involved can seek monetary compensation from the parties involved. Although seeking additional legal action against the woman won't bring back their loved one, a successful claim could help the family feel like the woman has been held fully responsible for her role in this crash.
Source: kbzk.com, "Laurel woman sentenced for fatal DUI crash," July 28, 2012