A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a man whose motorcycle he struck while allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He has been sentenced by an out-of-state court to 15 years in prison for driving under the influence resulting in death. He will need to serve at least 12 years of this sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.
According to a representative for the solicitor's office that prosecuted the 22-year-old man, the fatal accident occurred when the suspect's truck collided with the 55-year-old victim as the he was waiting to enter a parking lot on his motorcycle. The truck's bumper and grill slammed into the victim's motorcycle, throwing the vehicle over 300 hundred feet and killing the victim at the accident site. The suspect was not injured in the accident.
A state police officer that investigated the crash claims to have smelled alcohol on the suspect's breath. The suspect admitted to the officer that he had consumed several beers and two shots of vodka at a party earlier in the night. He also admitted to smoking marijuana at the party. The suspect's blood was drawn for a toxicology test, revealing a blood alcohol concentration of .052. While this is below the legal limit of 0.08 percent, the test also showed that the suspect had marijuana and marijuana metabolic in his blood stream. The suspect had several other drug convictions to his name.
The solicitor in the case explained that the suspect's irresponsible actions involve huge consequences. He added that the man has a substantial amount of time bars to think about what he has done.
Source: WSPA, "North Carolina Man Sentenced To 15 Years For Fatal DUI Accident," Jan. 30, 2012