21-year-old sent to jail after fatal DUI automobile accident

A 21-year-old man was recently sent to jail for killing a retired teacher in a fatal drunk driving accident. The young Massachusetts man pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter charges in Superior Court. Now, he will spend between six and eight years behind bars for causing the extremely unfortunate automobile accident.

During court proceedings, the man admitted to drinking and smoking pot prior to the fatal accident, which claimed the life of a 61-year-old man. The victim was a retired and much-loved soccer coach and teacher. Prior to retirement, the victim had worked at a High School in Middleborough. He left behind a wife and three sons, who spoke fondly of their father as a loving man who kept close ties with his family.

According to prosecutors, the drunk driver had been traveling at a speed of 84 mph at the time of the automobile accident. He crashed into the retired teacher's vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.117 percent. This is markedly higher than legal limit in Massachusetts, which is 0.08 percent.

The hurt and pain suffered by the victim's family in this automobile accident case is no doubt indescribable. They must now face the rest of their lives knowing they were robbed of spending precious time with their husband and father, due to his life being cut short. Although no amount of court proceedings will ever bring this man back, family members may wish to pursue a wrongful death action in civil court against the driver in this case. Indeed, the driver's guilty plea and prison sentence will serve to strengthen and bolster any claims for restitution that this man's family wishes to bring against him.

Source: grienfieldreporter.com, Mass. man pleads guilty to manslaughter in drunken driving death that killed retired teacher, No author, Feb. 18, 2014

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