According to court documents, a Pennsylvania man was sentenced to serve between 179 days and 23 months for his role in causing a fatal motorcycle accident on June 28, 2014. The 26-year-old man was sentenced in a York County court on April 17.
The man had been driving a van last June on Baltimore Pike in the southbound lanes. He reportedly crossed over the center line, colliding into a 64-year-old man's 2010 Victory motorcycle outside of Hanover. When West Manheim Township police responded to the accident scene, the 26-year-old man reportedly told them he had blinked for three seconds right before the accident.
According to police reports, the man told them he was in the country illegally and that he did not have a valid driver's license. It was subsequently found that the man's license was under suspension for a previous driving without a license charge. There is no information on what caused the man to cross the center line. His sentencing followed his entry of a guilty plea in the case in March to causing a fatal accident while not having a license.
When a person is killed in an auto accident, surviving family members may want to file a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the person whose negligence was the cause of the crash. These lawsuits may be filed regardless of whether any criminal charges have been filed. Through a wrongful death lawsuit, the decedent's survivors might be able to recover damages to compensate them for the losses they suffered due to their loved one's death. Such damages might include funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship and future contributions and other amounts that are permitted by statute.
Source: PennLive, "Van driver sentenced to less than 2 years for death of motorcyclist in Hanover crash," Steve Marroni , April 23, 2015.