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Man sentenced to 32 years for deadly crash

According to a recent report, a 22-year-old Iowa man was sentenced to 32 years in prison for a 2013 fatal crash. Sources say that the motorcycle accident killed a 20-year-old woman and injured a 24-year-old man. The defendant pleaded guilty to several charges stemming from the incident, and he will not be eligible for parole until a minimum of seven years into his sentence.

In June 2013, the man struck a motorcycle with his pickup truck. A man and woman were riding the motorcycle at the time; the woman suffered fatal injuries, but it was not reported if she died at the scene or at a hospital. The man operating the motorcycle suffered serious injuries, and it was also not reported if he was transported to a local medical facility.

Sources indicate that the defendant had a blood alcohol content of .214 percent when he crashed into the couple's motorcycle. Instead of stopping to render aid and identify himself, he reportedly fled the scene. As part of a plea agreement, the man pleaded guilty to various charges that included homicide by vehicle.

When an individual is killed in a motorcycle accident, the surviving family members may want to consult with a lawyer if they decide to file a wrongful death claim against the driver responsible for the crash. Family members who may be eligible to file a claim include spouses, parents and children. By filing a wrongful death claim, the family may be compensated for the loss of future earnings, loss of support, medical costs and funeral expenses.

Source: KCRG, "Iowa Man Gets Prison in Fatal Motorcycle Crash", March 24, 2014

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