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Driver Pleads Guilty for Crash That Killed Pastor’s Children

A man from North Carolina pleaded guilty last week to involuntary manslaughter in a car accident that killed the two year old son and unborn child of a local pastor.

Matthew Deans, 29, was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of probation for the accident, which occurred in May.

Deans was the driver of a box truck that carried seafood when he did not slow down for stopped traffic in front of him. He smashed into the stopped cars, which caused a chain reaction crash.

The pastor’s car was one of the cars hit. His two year-old son died at the scene, and his wife was 37 weeks pregnant at the time and was in the car. Their son was born by C-section but he died a few days later.

Deans was driving on only a few hours of sleep and he tested positive for marijuana and acetyl fentanyl, a strong painkiller.

Our personal injury, car accident attorneys hate to see innocent people injured or killed by careless and irresponsible drivers. We are glad that this driver is going to have to serve jail time for his careless and foolish actions. However, the family of the lose deserve financial compensation for their pain and suffering. After all, that money can be used for good in the name of those lost.

We have settled many car accident cases successfully recently, such as a case where a big rig slammed into the back of a car at a stop light. The crash was so severe that the young girl in the back of the car suffered severe brain damage. The truck driver tried to argue that he was having a medical emergency and that caused the crash.

Our lawyers argued that the young girl had severe brain damage that required long term medical treatment and rehabilitation. We eventually arrived at a $25 million settlement in that case.

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