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Ohio man sentenced to prison for causing fatal car accident

Losing a loved one is never easy, even if the death has been expected for some time. It is understandably even worse when the loss suddenly results from a fatal car accident. One Ohio family may have felt some measure of justice when the driver responsible for their loss was recently sentenced to prison.

The fatal wreck occurred last summer and resulted in the death of a 39-year-old woman. According to the report, the 40-year-old driver of a pickup truck had a blood alcohol level of approximately .259, which is more than three times the legal limit. He was speeding when he lost control of the pickup, sailed over a median and smashed into the victim's car.

Family and friends offered witness statements during the sentencing phase of the driver's trial. The victim's husband, father and friends expressed their grief and anger at their loss of the beloved wife, daughter and friend. The Ohio court noted the man's remorse, but sentenced him to serve seven years.

This man had countless driving violations before this fatal car accident claimed the life of the woman. While the man pleaded guilty to the charges of aggravated homicide by vehicle as well as driving under the influence -- in part to spare the family the ordeal of a trial -- nothing will ease their pain as they try adjust to life without their loved one. Families in similar circumstances may have legal recourse beyond criminal court. In civil court, a wrongful death claim may be filed against any party or parties believed to have negligently or recklessly caused the death of a loved one. 

Source: ohio.com, "Norton man sentenced to seven years in prison for drunken driving crash that left Canton woman dead", Stephanie Warsmith, April 19, 2017

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