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California car accidents: Woman sentenced for her role in crash

Driving while intoxicated in the state of California can lead to penalties ranging from fines to time in jail. Unfortunately, at times, those driving impaired can cause catastrophic results in car accidents. A woman was recently sentenced for her involvement in an incident that led to the death of two people.

On May 17, 2015, an 80-year-old dentist and oral surgeon from Twentynine Palms was driving his truck eastbound on a highway. His 76-year-old wife, a real estate broker and nurse, was a passenger in the truck. According to reports, a woman, now 23 years old, was traveling behind the truck at a high rate of speed.

The California Highway Patrol stated that the car ran into the back of the truck, causing it to leave the highway. The truck overturned numerous times. The occupants of the truck were transported to a nearby hospital, where they later died from injuries suffered in the crash.

At the time of the accident, the driver of the car had been arrested and charged with hit-and-run resulting in injury or death after a collision. She was also charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She recently received a sentence of eight years in state prison for her role in the crash.

It is tragic for family members when car accidents claim the lives of loved ones. However, the loss seems even more devastating when the loss was caused by the negligent behavior of someone else. Survivors may choose to pursue wrongful death litigation to help them offset the expenses of an unexpected funeral. A successful lawsuit can provide an award that would also compensate for lost earnings or pain and suffering caused by the loss. An experienced California personal injury attorney can work with families to achieve the most favorable outcome in a lawsuit.

Source:, "Woman gets prison for killing Tiners in DUI crash", Leah Sanson, June 23, 2017

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