Man sentenced for 1 cyclist’s death and injuries to a second

Man sentenced for 1 cyclist’s death and injuries to a second

After you’re hit by a motorist, you typically have a civil lawsuit and potentially a criminal lawsuit filed. A civil lawsuit is how you or family members claim for the money needed to compensate them for the death or injuries suffered. A criminal lawsuit is how the person responsible for those injuries is held accountable. Usually, you only have to be concerned about the civil aspects of your case, though you may have to testify in a criminal case.

Watch For Cyclists On Roads

This case shows how important it is for drivers to be wary of cyclists on the roads. A man accused of being under the influence of multiple drugs during an accident that resulted in death has been found guilty of criminally negligent homicide without impairment along with second-degree assault. Criminally negligent homicide is considered to be a misdemeanor, while second-degree assault is a Class C felony. The homicide charge could result in up to a year in jail, while one to 10 years in prison is the penalty for a Class C felony.

Impaired Driver Kills Bicyclist

The 49-year-old man was convicted for a crash that took place on Sept. 1, 2014. The crash took place when the man struck two cyclists, both 40, as he traveled on Alabama 207. One man was killed, and the other was severely injured.

Toxicology reports indicated that the man was driving with both hydrocodone and marijuana in his system. These drugs can affect the nervous system, and the toxicologist believed that the man may have been impaired at the time of the collision. Despite this, the state troopers who were at the scene reported being unable to see any outward signs of impairment.

The jury did agree that the man was not impaired at the time of the crash, but he was still found guilty of striking the cyclists. It’s been pointed out that the level of the sun and angle that it hit the vehicle could have been major factors in the collision.

Source: Times Daily, “Parker found guilty of misdemeanor, second-degree assault; to be sentenced in February,” Tom Smith, Jan. 14, 2016