The “Fast and Furious” Results in Fatal Accident
Add high-speed road racing to the risks to roadway safety in Indiana. Last week, a Greene County jury sentenced a man to four years in prison for aiding in the reckless homicide in the death of an Indiana motorcyclist. In May 2009, he and another man were allegedly racing each other side by side (one in a Camaro, the other in a Toyota Supra) on State Road 43 when they crested a blind hill on a double-yellow line and at least one vehicle apparently crashed head-on into a motorcycle. Both cars were allegedly traveling in excess of 70 mph on the rural road. (The other alleged racer is already serving an eight-year sentence for the fiery collision in which two people were killed.)
In imposing the four-year sentence, the presiding judge said that "this was a tragic accident that could have and should have been avoided. Just such a shame." The Greene County jury also found the man guilty of the lesser charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and reckless driving. The man insists has denied the road race allegation and will appeal his conviction.
It’s the state’s job to pursue criminal charges against the offender in a horrific, tragic incident of this nature. Money damages are another matter. If you or a family member have been injured in a car accident owing to the recklessness of another driver, it is important to retain legal counsel with the experience and skills needed to obtain full compensation for your injuries in civil court. The accident lawyers at Young and Young in Indianapolis have represented thousands of Hoosiers with serious auto accident injuries. We have more than 55 years of Indiana personal injury experience waiting to help.