A California man is facing a hearing after a deadly truck accident that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old passenger in his car. The suspect was supposedly under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the truck accident. The man did plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter and possession of methamphetamine and is now facing a mental competency hearing.
Despite the guilty plea, sentencing was suspended as the court wanted to evaluate the man's mental capacity. Two days before the accident, the California driver was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. He was free on bail the next morning but admitted to using drugs in between the time he was freed and when the accident occurred.
The deadly accident occurred when the driver ran a red light and collided with a fire truck. It s believed that the man was driving at speeds of about 40 miles per hour at the time of the impact. The passenger died at the time of crash and the driver sustained non-life threatening injuries. The driver was arrested but was not formally charged until an investigation was complete. Police also found an open container of alcohol at the time of the crash.
While it cannot undo the damage that has been done, the family of the deceased could consider a wrongful death suit against the driver. Despite the question of his mental capacity, he could still found liable for the actions that led to the passenger's death in the truck accident. There must be a reasonable amount of evidence presented before any compensation will be granted.
Source: cbs8.com, Hearing for DUI driver in deadly fire truck crash, No author, Jan. 22, 2014