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Man sentenced for fatal drunk driving accident

A Texas man was sentenced to five years in prison for a drunk driving car accident that killed two women. A jury had previously convicted the man of manslaughter and aggravated assault. The accident that led to the charges occurred on Jan. 20, 2011 when the defendant collided with another vehicle at an intersection.

The Texas man was facing a maximum prison sentence of 20 years before his sentence of five years was handed down. At his trial, witnesses for the defendant asked for leniency so that the man could take care of his three children. Meanwhile, a victim's mother said that she wished the man had received a longer prison sentence.

According to reports, the second driver who was involved in the fatal car accident was also driving drunk, and she is awaiting trial. The man who was recently sentenced was charged with DWI after the accident, and police said that it was the second time that he had received such a charge. A third passenger who was in the vehicle with the two deceased victims told reporters that she spent six months in a wheelchair before she learned how to walk again.

The surviving family members of a person who has been killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver often must deal with financial issues such as funeral expenses and loss of household budget contributions in addition to their grief. A criminal conviction of the driver, while it may bring some satisfaction, will not produce any financial relief. In these cases, an attorney might suggest the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit against the drunk driver's insurance company or personal representative.

Source: KVIA, "Jury sentences man convicted in deadly crash to 5 years in prison," Jose Villasana, Nov. 22, 2016

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