A Lancaster man has received a prison sentence of 20 to 50 years for causing a fatal car accident while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The 29-year-old man pleaded guilty on April 29 to several charges including DUI, criminal homicide and aggravated assault. According to the district attorney in Lancaster County, the sentence is the longest for a fatal DUI car accident in the county's history.
The fatal accident that led to the man's criminal charges took place in West Lampeter Township on July 8, 2014. While driving on Lampeter Road, the man struck a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old woman head-on. The woman was taken to Lancaster General Hospital where she was declared dead. She was a recent graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School.
Prosecutors say that the man did not have a valid driver's license at the time of the accident because his driving privileges had been suspended. Toxicology tests revealed that the driver was impaired by alcohol as well as heroin at the time that the fatal accident occurred. His blood-alcohol level was reported to be almost three times the legal limit.
A family that has recently lost a loved one because of the actions of a drunk driver may want to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. During this difficult time, many families decide that they would like to have help in this regard from a lawyer. Damages that are commonly sought include funeral and burial expenses and, in some cases, loss of companionship.
Source: FOX 43, "Lancaster man gets 20-to-50 year sentence for DUI crash that killed teen girl in W. Lampeter Township," Valerie Waltz, April 29, 2015