It can be agonizing awaiting the sentencing for being responsible for a fatal accident. A person accused of a horrific crime such as this faces severe consequences. Recently, a Tennessee man was sentenced to 30 years in prison on charges of vehicular homicide in connection with a hit-and-run accident that took the lives of three people.
A year ago, the young driver hit and killed a man and a woman as they stood on the side of the road. The third victim was the unborn child of the woman. It was reported the man was assisting the pregnant woman after she had run out of gas. As they were hugging, they were hit by the intoxicated driver who then fled the scene. The daughter of the man witnessed the incident, but was not injured.
Although the defendant had a previous DUI on his record, there were several supporters who spoke on his behalf to ask for leniency. Nevertheless, he was sentenced to prison for 30 years. He was found guilty on charges of DUI, reckless endangerment, intoxication homicide, tampering with evidence, leaving the scene and vehicular homicide.
Even if a driver has a record of driving under the influence, it is important to understand that he or she has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty. Individuals who have been charged with vehicular homicide should know they also have rights that are protected by law. Tennessee residents may want to seek a skilled professional who can guide them through the legalities involved in such an unfortunate occurrence.
Source: wate.com, “Curtis Harper sentenced to 30 years for hit-and-run accident,” June 26, 2013