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Driver gets 12 years for crash killing veteran on Veterans Day

On Veterans Day in 2015, a man was driving the wrong direction on I-35. Coming toward him was a Army veteran who had twice gone to Afghanistan to serve his country. He was riding a motorcycle.

The wrong-way driver slammed into the motorcycle and killed the 24-year-old vet.

The court case has just concluded now, and the 32-year-old who was facing intoxication manslaughter charges has been given 12 years behind bars. He doesn't have to pay a monetary fine on top of that, however.

Reports indicate that the man had been going the wrong way for roughly 11 miles, all while police officers were in pursuit. This was at 4 o'clock in the morning. The incident was caught on the dash cams from the police cars.

The driver did admit to drinking. He was an IRS worker, and he'd gone to a karaoke bar with some of his coworkers. He was trying to drive back to his house when he accidentally made a wrong turn and ended up on the other side of the highway.

Reports claim that the man had about eight drinks while he was out with his friends. They included three shots and five beers. Interestingly, the reports also claim that he only drank from 10:30 to 12:30, so he'd stopped hours before the accident.

Charges like this go far beyond a simple DWI, and they can have a drastic impact on a person's life and career, even beyond any jail time and fines. It is important to remember that everyone has the right to a fair trial when facing such serious accusations.

Source: KXAN, "Wrong-way driver in deadly motorcycle crash gets 12 years in prison; no fine," Andy Jechow, Sep. 29, 2017

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