Even on the day of his hearing, it was apparent the devastation the 24-year-old driver had brought to a Montana family by passing illegally on a highway overpass and causing the car accident that killed a family man and seriously injured his wife.
The wife of the deceased man spoke about her life since the fatal wreck. She told about all the family events her husband had already missed and all those he would never be around to enjoy. She was with her husband on that fateful day -- knocked unconscious, only to wake up in a hospital to learn her husband didn’t survive.
The wife continues to carry the physical scars, including a severely damaged left arm that only now is beginning to show signs of repair, and episodes of vertigo.
Also in the car that day was their 30-year-old daughter who watched as her father died. Her trauma so deep that she has since moved back home with her mother to get and provide the emotional support both women require.
The young driver has a history of brushes with the law. According to news accounts, he has had 65 violation, including assault, disorderly conduct, and trespassing, beginning from the age of 9.
Although the driver’s father spoke on behalf of his son, a probation officer also testified, telling describing the driver’s prior legal difficulties. His contention was that even though the man did not intend to cause harm, his negligent actions indicated that this was not an accident -- it was a conscious choice.
Source: Lewistown News-Argus, “Brennan gets 15 years for fatal collision,” Charlie Denison, July 18, 2013