In the Spring of 2017, a 28-year-old Pueblo man was charged in a drunk driving crash that killed one person and left two others seriously injured. His blood alcohol level registered at .207, more than twice the legal limit at the time of the crash.
Earlier this year, in a plea agreement, he pled guilty to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault, one count for each of the injured parties. Under the agreement, he would be sentenced to 12 years for the vehicular homicide charge, which is a class 3 felony in the state of Colorado. Each of the vehicular assault charges carried a sentence of 3-6 years in prison.
According to The Pueblo Chieftain, a district court judge sentenced the man to 18 years behind bars last week. He was also faced with eight additional counts, all of which were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. This was his second conviction of DWAI or driving while ability impaired. The last incident happened in 2008.
In the tragic event that a loved one is lost in such an accident, an experienced attorney can offer guidance and hope in assisting your family in obtaining justice. Wrongful death cases can be settled in or out of court, or through trial, and can offer resources to help a family heal both financially and emotionally. Do not hesitate to consult with an attorney, even if you are not sure that a wrongful death action is the correct course to take. He or she can help your family make a decision on the best course of action, especially during a grief-stricken time when it is difficult to think clearly. It is always comforting to know that someone is looking out for your best interests while you may be unable to do so yourself.