Recently, a 31-year-old Springfield woman who pleaded guilty after a vehicle accident that killed a high school student was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
The accident occurred in May 2015 when the woman's car crashed head-on with that of a 17-year-old high school boy. At the time of the accident, the woman's 2-year-old child was riding in the vehicle with her.
Unfortunately, two days after the accident the high school student passed away.
In addition to the death of the student, his girlfriend and her mother were also injured in the accident. The boy's mother said the following at the woman's court hearing:
"I looked back, in the back seat, or what used to be the back seat, and Nick was laying in a fetal position over my daughter like he was protecting her and they were holding hands. And that's when my daughter looked at him and told me what she saw. His head was split open."
According to reports, all three of the people involved in the accident had to be extricated from their vehicle.
The woman's sentence is composed of two three-year sentences for vehicular assault, along with a 10-year sentence for vehicular homicide.
It doesn't matter if a person is drinking or driving or simply making poor decisions while behind the wheel, it only takes a single mistake, such as crossing the center line, to cause an accident that leads to serious injury or a loss of life. In some situations, these accidents eventually lead to prison time for the negligent party as well as a lawsuit filed by the victim or their family.
Source: Smokey Barn News, "Springfield Woman Sentenced To 16 Years In Fatal DUI Crash," Feb. 25, 2017