Recently, a former police officer from Plainfield, New Jersey filed an appeal of his conviction and sentence for drunken driving, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless endangerment. The convictions stemmed from a July 2011 car crash that killed two motorcyclists in Bangor, Pennsylvania. The automobile accident occurred when the retired officer’s truck careened into a group of bikers. Two of the bikers were killed almost instantly at the scene, while four of them managed to swerve and avoid the truck.
The officer argued that he was not drunk, but instead had a medical emergency that incapacitated him and caused the crash. However, the state countered with evidence of his blood alcohol content and offered evidence of behavior that suggested a lack of remorse. The police officer’s appeal alleges that the judge improperly considered the defendant’s alleged lack of remorse and denial of guilt in sentencing him to prison.
This case is yet another example of the dangers that drunk drivers pose to ordinary motorists. The car accident in this case caused the deaths of two motorcyclists, and could have caused many more. As bad as this accident was, it would have been much worse had there been more fatalities or injuries.
Drunk driving accidents are unquestionably traumatic for the victims, as well as being expensive due to medical bills, lost wages, and car repairs. Fortunately, these victims are entitled to a personal injury judgment against the defendant and monetary damages. This is the compensation that they are entitled to receive in order to do justice to the victims.
Source: Lehighvalleylive.com, “Retired cop convicted in fatal Bangor drunken driving crash says judge violated his rights,” Tom Shortell, January 24, 2013.