The loss of a close friend or loved one is a devastating event. However, someone who is accused of being involved in causing the loss of someone he or she loved will likely have even more difficulty coping with such a tragedy. In fact, a teenager in Virginia was recently sentenced to 12 months in prison for reckless driving following a fatal accident.
The incident happened in May 2019. Prosecutors say that a 19-year-old male was driving his father's pickup truck with three passengers. The driver allegedly took a sharp turn at an intersection, causing the vehicle to overturn.
Two passengers were reportedly ejected in the accident. An 18-year-old riding in the bed of the truck apparently suffered a head injury. He reportedly passed away after being transported to the hospital. The driver is said to have expressed his remorse to the family in statements made in court.
The driver recently pleaded no contest to a reckless driving charge; as part of his plea deal, prosecutors dropped a charge of involuntary manslaughter. The judge sentenced him to 12 months in prison, suspended after he serves six, which he will be able to complete intermittently to allow him to attend college. When faced with criminal charges, many in Virginia are unsure of how to proceed -- whether to fight the charges in court or, depending on the circumstances and evidence in the case, to accept a plea deal. Often, these defendants want an experienced professional to help them determine what option is best for their individual circumstances.