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Driver sentenced for role in fatal September crash

The driver who caused a fatal car accident that killed a North Carolina woman said he feels remorse for the collision. The 20-year-old man was facing criminal charges in connection with the accident, which could also be the cause of a wrongful death civil suit. The driver pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide charges in connection with the Sept. 3 incident, and he will spend between eight and 23 months in the custody of the county. The man must then serve seven years' probation, according to local news reports.

Authorities report the 19-year-old victim was riding in the back seat of the driver's vehicle when the car spun out of control and hit a guide rail. The impact caused the car to spin, roll and then smash into a light pole. The car burst into flames after the collision.

The driver and another passenger were ejected from the car during the crash. The decedent was trapped in the back seat. She was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries suffered during the wreck. The surviving victim has accumulated more than $200,000 in medical bills related to the injury. It appears a civil suit may be filed to recover some of those damages.

Alcohol was not considered a factor in the collision, although it seems the driver was allegedly speeding at the time of the crash.

In this case, the driver may be facing civil action from the family of the decedent and from the surviving victim. The decedent's family could seek financial compensation for wrongful death, funeral expenses, loss of consort, pain and suffering and a variety of other claims. The surviving victim could sue the at-fault driver for medical costs, disfigurement, emotional distress and other claims, as well.

If you or a family member has been injured in a car crash, consider seeking the counsel of a qualified personal injury attorney. These professionals can help you learn more about your rights, allowing you to maximize the outcome of your civil case.

Source:  www.phillyburbs.com, "Man jailed for fatal Bensalem street racing crash" Laurie Mason Schroeder, Jun. 25, 2013

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