Some Baltimore residents may recall the terrible drunk driving accident that occurred in Ocean City last May. Over Memorial Day weekend last year, a 22-year-old Towson University student was hit by a drunk driver while he was crossing the street.
According to reports from the scene, the motorist did not stop his vehicle after hitting the college student on Coastal Highway. Instead, he continued driving until he was chased down by people who witnessed the accident. Tragically, the boy did not survive the collision.
When the driver was sentenced, the judge noted that his BAC was unbelievably high at the time of the accident. The driver received a sentence of five years in jail. Nevertheless, the college student’s family was recently informed that the motorist could be released in the near future, as he will be up for parole.
Consequently, friends and family members have started a petition to ensure the individual responsible for the boy’s death will remain in prison. Thus far, over 1,600 people have signed the petition. The friend who initiated the petition reports that the signatures have come not just from other Maryland residents, but from people all across the country.
In such situations, when someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver, the responsible party may face many penalties. In addition to criminal charges, the family who has lost a loved one may file a wrongful death suit against the drunk driver. Seeking the advice of a skilled legal professional is often a wise step in such cases.
Source: CBS Baltimore, “Family Wants To Keep Drunk Driver Behind Bars,” April 1, 2013.