When a young person loses his or her life in a fatal car crash, surviving parents and family members are left to question why such a tragic event has happened. When a loved one has died because of the actions of another person, there at least may be the possibility of holding that negligent party responsible for his or her actions.
In Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, a 19-year-old apologized to the family of a 19-year-old girl who died when he caused a fatal accident. The girl was a passenger in the Ford Explorer that he crashed while under the influence of alcohol. Law enforcement officers determined that the crash happened when the vehicle collided with shrubbery and trees after it left the road. Six other people were riding in the SUV and suffered injuries in the crash; the vehicle was found upside down.
The driver asked for the family's forgiveness and said that he thinks about the victim every day. He was charged with multiple counts of aggravated DUI and pled guilty, receiving a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.
For the parents of this victim, no prison sentence can ever undo the death of their daughter, which was caused by the teen's actions. The pain and suffering they are experiencing can only be understood by someone else in their position. Still they may want to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver in an effort to obtain financial assistance with funeral costs and the counseling they undoubtedly need to come to terms with their loss.
Source: Starkville Daily News, "25-year sentence given for DUI counts," Nathan Gregory, Feb. 7, 2013