A 25-year-old Norman, Oklahoma, repeat drunk driver was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder charges stemming from a fatal May 2010 car accident. The Oklahoma News reports the man now faces a 12-year prison sentence followed by eight-years of supervision upon his release.
Court documents indicate the drunk driver was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Interstate-235 at around 2 a.m. when he collided with another vehicle. The car that he struck spun several times before hitting a retaining wall and killing a young female passenger instantly.
An investigation into the Oklahoma Car Accident determined the young man had a blood alcohol level more than three times above the state’s legal limit. Officers also discovered it was not the man’s first time being caught driving under the influence. A year before the fatal accident, he was convicted of DUI in Cleveland County and received a deferred sentence from the judge.
Data collected by the non-profit organization, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), shows a drunk driver will get behind the wheel approximately 80 times before being caught and nearly one-third of convicted drunk drivers will continue to get behind the wheel with a revoked license.
The Oklahoma City Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers hope that the decision will help bring closure to the families who have been impacted by this senseless accident.