In one moment, on a March evening in Louisiana, the lives of several families were forever changed. A driver who admits he had been drinking caused a fatal accident that killed two people and seriously injured seven other victims. The man's case is now headed for trial after the prosecutor and defense could not reach an agreement.
According to the report, the 32-year-old man veered his car onto a bicycle path and struck several bicyclists before crashing about five-blocks further along. Two victims, a 27-year-old woman from New Orleans and a 31-year-old man from another state, were killed. Several people suffered serious injuries. A test administered several hours after the accident showed that the driver's blood alcohol level was .14.
Police say that there is video footage of the man in the moments after the wreck that appear to show him obviously intoxicated. By using scientific equations, investigators arrived at the conclusion that the driver's blood alcohol level at the time of crash would have been an estimated .215. If his BAC level was that high, the charges would be elevated to crimes of violence. He would then face a sentence of between five and 30 years in prison with the requirement that he serve a minimum of 75% of the time.
His defense attorney argued that there is no reliable method that can accurately gauge a blood alcohol level over .2. Based on this contested reading, the two sides were unable to reach a plea agreement and the case is now headed to trial. Both the surviving victims and the families of the ones who died are understandably still reeling physically, emotionally and financially from the aftermath of this tragic fatal accident. Whenever the negligence of another party results in serious injuries or death, victims -- or their surviving families -- may seek just compensation for their financial losses through Louisiana's civil courts.