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Controversy after DUI driver escapes prison in cyclist’s death

For some drivers in Washington, their personal agenda is far more important than their resolve to drive safely and follow the rules of the road. They may engage in negligent behavior such as speeding, change lanes carelessly and following other vehicles too closely. Negligence can also be when someone chooses to drive under the influence, or travel when they are fatigued. Unfortunately, these kinds of behaviors put the lives of other motorists at risk and can result in severe injury or even death if an accident occurs.

This is what happened in a controversial case out of California when a man who was driving under the influence, crashed into a cyclist resulting in her death. The victim, a mother of five, was riding her bicycle across a street when she was hit by the driver. Investigators found that the man’s blood alcohol content was nearly 0.18, which is roughly double the legal limit in the state of California.

Recently, the man was sentenced and required to spend 90 days in jail and complete 100 hours of community service. He will also be on a probationary period for five years and required to pay legal fines. Court officials noted that their decision was made partially because other evidence found at the scene disclosed that the victim had meth in her system at the time of the accident, was not in a designated crosswalk and was wearing dark clothing.

If people have been the victims of an accident caused by a negligent driver, they may be looking into filing a lawsuit against the responsible motorist. Hiring an attorney is a valuable way for people to receive knowledgeable guidance through legal proceedings.

Source: foxnews.com, “Vineyard heir will likely avoid prison in DUI death of cyclist, mother of five,” Benjamin Brown, Apr. 5, 2018