The family of a woman killed by a drunk driver may feel a measure of relief at the conclusion of the sentencing phase of the trial in the matter. In a recent hearing, the woman found guilty of motor vehicle homicide while driving under the influence was sentenced to two years in jail for her role in the fatal car accident. Six months of that will be suspended. She will also be subjected to five years of supervised probation upon her release.
The accident took place in 2012. The 32-year-old woman was driving with a blood alcohol level of .12 percent at the time of the crash. That level sits at over one and a half times the legal limit in Massachusetts. She struck and killed a 64-year-old woman while on the way home from a Boston nightclub and a visit with friends.
Reporters note that nine members of the victim's family were present in court for the reading of the sentence. There is no word on their response to the news that this woman will spend so little time behind bars, even though the end of the trial likely comes as a relief. Those left behind will continue to process and heal from their loss.
Should they decide to move forward with a Massachusetts civil suit for wrongful death brought on by this car accident, proving negligence is a major component of a successful outcome. In this case, a demonstration of negligence on the part of the convicted drunk driver may be easier following the outcome of the criminal charges against her. While nothing can make up for the loss of their loved one, a successful wrongful death action could help them cover some of the financial costs associated with their loss.
Source: wcvb.com, "Massachusetts woman sentenced in drunken driving fatality," Jan. 9, 2013