A 22-year-old Texas man was sentenced to 18 years in prison in connection with a
fatal accident that caused the death of an off-duty police officer. The 22-year-old earlier
pleaded guilty to a single count of intoxication manslaughter. During
the sentencing, the man admitted to drinking seven beers, inhaling methamphetamine
and smoking marijuana less than 24 hours before crashing into the off-duty
officer. The off duty officer was driving home on a motorcycle from work
when he was struck.
The jury assigned the 22-year-old 18 years in prison for the manslaughter
charge and 10 years in prison for leaving the scene of the accident. He
will be able to serve the charges simultaneously. The off duty officer
leaves behind a family of three children after his death.
The officer's family has a viable claim for
wrongful death against the intoxicated driver. His convictions will be admissible evidence
used to establish his negligence at trial. His statements explaining just
how intoxicated he was during his sentencing may be specific proof as
he has admitted to being intoxicated, and therefore negligent, while driving.
The officer was only 25 years-old, and his family may need to be compensated
for his premature death and any expenses the family may incur due to his
medical fees and burial.
Dealing with the death of a loved one, especially one as young as the officer
here, is an extremely difficult matter to handle. Retaining an Austin
personal injury lawyer experienced in wrongful death claims can make the
experience a little less stressful and ensure that the deceased's
family is financially stable.
If you are seeking representation, we invite you to contact The Stewart
Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a free case review. We would be happy to assist you.