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Judge: Motorcycle death 'one of the stupidest things' he's seen

Some very odd things can happen on the road. If we're really lucky they wind up being just near accidents. Unfortunately, for too many people around Galveston and its environs, such accidents result in accidents that leave victims seriously injured or dead.

The right to seek compensation for losses, pain, suffering and future needs exists after such disasters, but how best to go about exercising that right is something that can be complicated to figure out without the help of skilled legal counsel.

A particularly strange case out of Colorado is what prompts this post. As a result of it, one motorcyclist is dead, his family is grieving and two men who weren't even in a vehicle are now in prison, convicted of reckless manslaughter and negligent homicide.

According to a report about the matter, the deadly accident happened in October 2013. The motorcyclist was riding along a state highway, presumably at speed, when he collided with a chain and a rope stretched across the highway. The force of the crash severed the man's spine, caused other serious internal injuries and he died.

Police were able to trace the source of the cable and chain to two men and arrested them. Apparently the men had set up the lines in an effort to tow an illegally hunted elk carcass out of the woods. After the accident, they didn't bother to call 911 or help the rider. Indeed, the grand jury indictment in the case says they even lied to investigators about their role.

The suspects both pleaded guilty to criminal charges. One received a six-year prison sentence followed by a mandatory three-year parole. He also must pay more than $3,000 in restitution. The other man received two years in prison.

At sentencing, the family of the victim expressed its clear dissatisfaction with the outcome. Even the judge wasn't happy, saying his sentences would not be the end. He went on to say, "This is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen."

Some things can't be controlled, that doesn't mean those responsible can't be held accountable.

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