Last week, a 20-year-old man from Sperry, Oklahoma, was sentenced in Washington County District Court for causing a fatal Tulsa Car Accident. The man was convicted of first-degree manslaughter, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to Tulsa World, the accident occurred on U.S. 75 in November 2011. The Sperry man was driving along the highway when he began to approach a construction zone. Reports indicate he veered off the roadway where he then struck an Oklahoma Department of Transportation worker from Bartlesville.
The driver was taken into custody and charged. In March, a jury found the man guilty of the crimes he was accused of and recommended a sentence of four years for the manslaughter charge and no punishment for the drug-related crimes. Last Monday, Associate District Judge, Russell Vaclaw, agreed with the recommendation and finalized the sentence.
Many argue the punishment did not fit the crime, considering a sentence of only four years was given for taking an innocent life.
The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain that in the event a person is injured or killed as the result of another person’s negligence, the family of the victim may be able to receive compensation for their losses through civil litigation. However, there a certain statutes of limitations that must be considered. That’s why the firm suggests discussing any legal options and rights with an attorney immediately.