On December 7, 2010, a Pennsylvania man made a choice that would alter his life and the life of an unsuspecting woman forever. He got behind the wheel of his car, allegedly high on marijuana and heroin, and set out on the roads.
He traveled westbound along Route 30 in West Manchester Township, speeding and darting around other cars on the road. A 68-year-old woman, who was obeying the speed limit, also was driving westbound on Route 30. The man missed car after car, but his luck finally ran out. He struck the woman’s car, sending her careening off the road, where she smashed into a tree. According to reports, she lay trapped inside her mangled car and died at the scene of the car accident.
Prosecutors charged the man with murder in the third degree, homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while DUI. Initially held without bail after his arrest, late last month the man entered a request to post bail. The judge allowed him to do so, setting bail at $100,000. He made bail last week and has a preliminary hearing set for this week.
The worst thing about this story is that the accident and the woman’s death were easily preventable. One man’s ill-advised choices have left a family steeped in suffering and anguish over the loss of a loved one. While the criminal law will seek retributive justice by imposing a punishment on the man, the woman’s family can use the civil law to obtain compensatory justice for her death.
Source: York Daily Record, “Driver involved in 2010 fatal accident allowed to post bail,” Rick Lee, Jan. 29, 2012.