A former Connecticut state police dispatcher was sentenced last Wednesday to six months in prison. The sentence was given for his role in a deadly motorcycle accident. According to police, the suspect was reading a text when he crashed into and killed a female motorcyclist. The accident occurred in 2010 on Interstate 291 near the Windsor/South Windsor border.
The suspect was actually sentenced to three years in prison but the sentence is suspected to suspend after six months. He leaves three children to be cared for by their mother. The woman killed in the accident, meanwhile, leaves behind an 11-year-old son to be raised by his grandfather.
This accident is just another reminder of how a momentary lapse in judgment can result in a catastrophic accident. The family of the victim is hopeful that their case improves awareness to the dangers of using a cell phone while operating an automobile.
While drunk driving has historically been viewed as the most dangerous behavior on the road, texting is quickly rising to a similar level. As the number of these types of accidents grow, it is critical that victims and their families know where to turn.
A distracted driver can kill or cause serious injuries to other drivers and passengers on the road that lead to lifelong challenges for victims or their families. Serious head or neck injuries, for instance, can greatly diminish a person's earning ability and result in enormous medical bills.
Local Hartford attorneys can help victims of distracted drivers pursue a recovery that helps them get through these challenging times.
Source: Eyewitness 3, "Suspect to serve 6 months in jail for distracted driving death," Len Besthoff, April 24, 2013