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Car accident leads to vehicular homicide for Montana Tech student

Driving a car is serious business. When drivers climb behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, they are committing themselves to follow the rules of the road and drive safely, whether they are alone or carrying passengers. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. A Montana Tech student made this perfectly clear when he got behind the wheel of a car with several friends and wound up killing one of them.

The car accident occurred near Butte, Montana, when the driver hit a rock wall and sent his car airborne for 68 feet. The vehicle rolled several times, ejecting nearly all his passengers. One died at the scene. Two others suffered serious injuries including head trauma and permanent paralysis. Only one, who was wearing a seatbelt, sustained minor injuries.

Even though this tragedy occurred more than a year ago, the effects are still felt today. The driver recently appeared in court to face charges. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of vehicular homicide while under the influence as well as to three counts of negligent vehicular assault and one count of driving while under the influence. His blood alcohol content at the time of the car accident was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal state limit of 0.08 percent.

While the driver suffered serious injuries as well, nothing could be more devastating than the hurt he caused to the families of his passengers. While nothing can take away their pain and suffering, an experienced personal injury attorney might be able to help them to recover some compensation for the losses they have endured.

Source: The Montana Standard, "Montana Tech student pleads guilty to vehicular homicide charge," Francis Davis, May 8, 2013

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