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Montana teen gets 120 days for killing pedestrian in car accident

On Aug. 15, a young man was sentenced to 120 days of jail time for striking and killing a pedestrian with his vehicle last year. The Montana car accident is being referred to as an incident of careless driving. The 19-year-old man pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charge of careless driving earlier this year.

The accident occurred while the teen was driving to work. His vehicle went out of control after passing over wet pavement. Hopping over the edge of the road, his pickup struck and killed a 73-year-old man, who was completing his morning walk. Police investigations indicate that the young man did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the crash. However, police allege that he was speeding due to being late to work that morning.

The deceased man's daughter gave statements describing her father at the sentencing. She told the court that he was as an irreplaceable and extraordinary individual. Breaking into tears, she was unable to complete the words she prepared, so the Deputy County Attorney finished them on her behalf.

The deceased father will be sorely missed by family, friends and fellow members of the community, and no level of compensation can ever replace him. However, it may be possible for family members to file a personal injury action against the driver of the pickup truck involved in the car accident. Compensation received through a Montana personal injury or wrongful death claim can assist family members in paying funeral expenses. It can also help them pay for psychological counseling they require for dealing with the loss of their loved one.

Source: Billings Gazette, "19-year-old gets jail time in death of pedestrian," Ed Kemmick, Aug. 15, 2013

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