A 22-year-old Texas man was sentenced to 18 years in prison in connection with a fatal accident that caused the death of an off-duty police officer. The 22-year-old earlier pleaded guilty to a single count of intoxication manslaughter. During the sentencing, the man admitted to drinking seven beers, inhaling methamphetamine and smoking marijuana less than 24 hours before crashing into the off-duty officer. The off duty officer was driving home on a motorcycle from work when he was struck.
The jury assigned the 22-year-old 18 years in prison for the manslaughter charge and 10 years in prison for leaving the scene of the accident. He will be able to serve the charges simultaneously. The off duty officer leaves behind a family of three children after his death.
The officer’s family has a viable claim for wrongful death against the intoxicated driver. His convictions will be admissible evidence used to establish his negligence at trial. His statements explaining just how intoxicated he was during his sentencing may be specific proof as he has admitted to being intoxicated, and therefore negligent, while driving. The officer was only 25 years-old, and his family may need to be compensated for his premature death and any expenses the family may incur due to his medical fees and burial.
Dealing with the death of a loved one, especially one as young as the officer here, is an extremely difficult matter to handle. Retaining an Austin personal injury lawyer experienced in wrongful death claims can make the experience a little less stressful and ensure that the deceased’s family is financially stable.
If you are seeking representation, we invite you to contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a free case review. We would be happy to assist you.