The man who killed a 24 year-old man from Alexandria VA last January in a fatal DUI crash has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The guilty driver received a sentence of 20 years with nine suspended for aggravated involuntary manslaughter. He also received 12 months for driving drunk.
The sentence is the maximum allowed under the plea agreement. After the sentence was handed down, the Arlington County Circuit Court judge apologized to the family of the victim, noting that no sentence could replace the loss of their son.
On Jan. 24, 2014, the convicted driver was driving on Lee Highway at 64 mph when his Jeep smashed into the deceased’s sedan at Ft. Myer Drive. The driver of the Jeep failed a field sobriety test. He also told the police that his friend ‘Moe’ had been driving the SUV.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jay Burkholder said during the hearing that the man drove like a maniac and was very drunk. He also showed callousness after he was arrested, the attorney claimed. He also was arrested for DUI before in Virginia.
We are glad to see that the drunk driver in this case had the book thrown at him and will serve 12 years in prison. It also is good to see that the family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. While neither outcome will bring back the deceased, both will hopefully serve as a stark warning to other drivers to never drink and drive.
If you have ever lost a loved one to a DUI driver or another accident, you can and should consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Our personal injury law firm has compiled this guide What To Do If You Lost a Loved One In an Accident. Please review it to learn about your legal options in such a tragic case.