On Nov. 29 of last year, a Maryland man had an argument with family at a party. He left and went to pick up his children, a 3-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy. As he drove north on Interstate 95, he became involved in two accidents. Recently, he was sentenced in the DUI-related death of his own son.
The first accident occurred when he crashed into the back of a vehicle and kept going. The driver of that vehicle was finally able to get off the Interstate to contact authorities regarding the hit-and-run. Unfortunately, his report came too late. The father of two had already been involved in a second accident wherein his vehicle left the road, slammed into several trees and was nearly torn into two pieces.
It was discovered that the father had consumed alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel and had marijuana in the car. The Maryland man was unconscious, but his daughter believed he was dead. He was taken to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries. Tragically, the man's son did not survive the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man's criminal defense counsel and the prosecution negotiated a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty to certain crimes in connection with the DUI-related death in exchange for a specific sentencing agreement. He will serve time in prison, extended supervision and will pay fines and restitution. Based on the evidence and circumstances, this appears to have been the best possible outcome for the 28-year-old father. The fact that his son died due to his actions will likely burden the man for the rest of his life.
Source: hopewellnews.com, "Driver gets 5 years for fatal crash", Caitlin Davis, June 3, 2014