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Drunk diving victim survives

On Oct. 5, it was reported that that testimony given in connection with a serious motor vehicle accident played a role in a sentence that was later handed down in criminal court. Although the defendant in the case originally sought a reduced sentence, a police officer's reported compassion, anger and tears during six hours spent on the witness stand appear to have contributed to the judge's decision to give the 32-year-old drunk driver the maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars.

The accident happened in February 2015. According to police, the man was traveling 114 mph when his vehicle struck the female victim's car. When the Plano police officer responded to the scene, she was informed that the woman was not likely to survive. The officer later told at least one source that the crash was one of the most horrific accidents that she had ever seen.

Reports indicate that the woman suffered severe internal injuries in the crash. With an understanding that the woman had a miniscule chance of surviving and that her organs might be harvested, the officer began preparing a manslaughter case against the charged driver. It was a period of time before the officer learned that the victim had, in fact, survived the ordeal.

Sources say the injured woman had no memory of the catastrophic event after awakening from a coma six weeks later but that the responding officer was determined to help her find justice in criminal court. In this situation, it is possible that the woman could seek justice in a civil courtroom as well through a personal injury lawsuit. Texas residents who have been similarly injured in serious motor vehicle accidents may find it beneficial to discuss their situation with an attorney.

Source: CBS DFW, "Plano Police Officer Reunited With DWI Crash Survivor," J.D. Miles, Oct. 5, 2016

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