In a particularly sad case out of Toms River, a 56-year-old driver has admitted to causing the car crash that cost a 65-year-old man his life. Even worse is that the driver who caused the crash admitted that this was his fourth time getting caught and charged for driving under the influence.
The man pleaded guilty to the collision and causing a death by auto in court. He explained that he had around six or seven beers before he got into his vehicle and hit another car from behind. At the time of the collision, the man’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .17%, which is over twice the legal limit.
As a part of the plea deal for the case, the man agreed to plead guilty to the charges for driving under the influence. As a result of this being his fourth offense, he will face a 10-year suspension of his license as required by state law. He’ll have a second suspension for causing a death, which may last until the end of his life. The man may also be imprisoned for five years, which is being recommended by the prosecuting attorney.
In New Jersey, death by auto is a second-degree felony. It has a prison term of between five and 10 years. Sentencing for this case takes place in January.
You deserve support if you lose a loved one in a drunk driving crash
If you lose someone you love in a drunk driving crash, remember that there are people who can help you seek compensation and fight for the justice you deserve. The driver who caused the crash made a poor decision and should be held accountable for their actions.