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Fatal car accidents results in 8 year prison sentence

A 22-year-old woman from Plain Township, Ohio, who admitted being drunk at the time of a fatal car accident, has received an eight year prison sentence. The crash killed a married woman who was the mother of two children.

The driver was traveling in a northern direction in Jackson Township at approximately 8:30 p.m. when she struck a car traveling south driven by the other woman after crossing the double yellow line in the center of the road. In addition to killing the mother, the collision resulted in injuries requiring the hospitalization of the woman's husband, as well as her 7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. As with many Ohio car accidents, both speeding and use of alcohol were involved. The female motorist responsible for the crash was both speeding and weaving in and out of traffic at the time of the accident, according to police, and her blood alcohol level was measured at 0.10, above the legal limit of 0.08.

While criminal punishment is certainly appropriate for reckless drivers who drink and drive and then speed and cause accidents, that does not provide compensation for the victims and their families. Only wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits brought by private personal injury attorneys can do that. Such lawsuits can, in addition to providing compensation, also send a needed message and help deter other reckless drivers and thereby prevent future accidents. No amount of money, of course, can ever really compensate a family for the tragic loss of a loved one, such as the wife and mother who died in this accident.

Source:, "Plain Twp. woman gets 8 years for fatal car crash" Ed Balint, Sep. 30, 2013

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