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Drunk driver enters guilty plea for fatal accident that killed 1

There are few things that are harder to accept than the sudden loss of a loved one to a preventable tragedy. When that loss comes at the hands of an alleged drunk driver who caused a fatal accident, then the family is often left feeling shattered. Recently, a Texas man entered a guilty plea for his role in the death of another driver.

The accident occurred more than three years prior and was caused when a purportedly intoxicated man was driving his vehicle the wrong way on a local interstate. His vehicle collided head-on with another car being driven by a 29-year-old man. The police arrested and charged the driver with intoxicated manslaughter.

The case was delayed due to concerns that the driver suffered from cognitive problems that would make it difficult for him to stand trial. However, after he was found competent to stand trial, he purportedly decided to enter a guilty plea and accepted a prison term of 12 years. The family of the victim requested that the judge delay formal sentencing until they could be present in the courtroom.

Texas court records purportedly contained information on a previous drunk driving arrest that did not include information concerning whether there were any injuries to others. The family of the victim expressed satisfaction that the driver responsible for this fatal accident did accept responsibility for his actions. However, if they have not already done so, they may also seek to file a wrongful death lawsuit against him. A favorable ruling could result in the surviving family receiving compensation that could alleviate some of the pressure caused by the monetary damages they may have sustained in the aftermath of this tragic and preventable wreck.   

Source: kvia.com, "Larry Otero, drunk driver who killed man in wrong way crash, pleads guilty", Jose Villasana, July 13, 2017

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