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Conviction for fatal crash results in jail time for drunk driver

Some Iowa residents are taking note of a court case in the neighboring state of Nebraska where a man who was driving drunk caused an accident that resulted in one fatality in July 2013. The defendant's attorney negotiated a plea agreement that could result in him serving more than two decades in prison.

According to police, the accident occurred when the defendant was driving his 1996 Chevrolet Astro van in the wrong direction on a local highway. An 18-year-old male driving a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier attempted to avoid the approaching van by veering sharply to the right, but the van still crashed into the side of his vehicle. In addition to the Cavalier's driver, there were three other teens riding in the car. The 17-year-old passenger who was seated directly behind the driver was killed in the accident. The driver of the Cavalier and two other passengers suffered injuries in the crash.

When tested, the driver of the van was found to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .178 percent. He pled guilty to vehicular homicide. As a part of his plea deal, he will not be tried for leaving the accident scene and causing serious injuries with his vehicle. He could be sent to prison for as long as 25 years and possibly face deportation to Mexico.

Those who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to the careless actions of others may benefit from a consultation with an attorney in order to learn more about their legal options. An attorney may be able to help their client identify negligent acts by the defendant that will help to prove that they should be held liable for their actions via a court judgment or out-of-court settlement.

Source: Omaha World-Herald, "Driver in crash that killed Council Bluffs student sentenced to up to 25 years", Mike Brownlee, March 02, 2014

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