Teen Pleads Guilty in Drug-Related Crash that Injured 10 People

reclusoryLegal compensation after an accident isn’t just a question of money. It’s a question of responsibility. Why should the people injured, through no fault of their own, have to pay for their medical costs? It is the responsibility of those who caused the injury to help the injured. That is what legal compensation for — it makes sure those who harm others are financially responsible for the damage they’ve caused.

A 19-year-old man has offered a guilty plea to a charge of driving under the influence of marijuana and prescription drugs after crashing into a restaurant last year, resulting in the injuries of 10 people.

The man was driving his mother’s black 1993 Lexus LS400 a bit after noon on April 1, 2013 when he ran over the median, crashed into two other vehicles, and went through the outer courtyard of the restaurant, which was currently serving a large crowd.

He drove the car through the window, and ten people were taken to the hospital. Four of these were pinned under the car. There were some minor injuries, but also some critical injuries. Fortunately, everyone survived. The driver and a passenger attempted to flee the scene, but htey were caught and held by uninjured restaurant patrons.

Later, the driver admitted to being under the influence of various drugs. He also confessed to blacking out before the crash, and being too groggy to know what day it was.

Recently, he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of causing substantial bodily harm and driving under the influence. There were four other charges which were dropped due to a plea deal. One of the reasons stated for agreeing to plead guilty was to avoid victims from having to testify.

He could have spent up to 40 years in prison, but the charges may have been cut in half, due to the plea deal.

If you’ve been injured through the action or negligence of another, we can help you get the compensation you need. Call us today at Hofland & Tomsheck. We believe the victim of an accident should not have to pay for his or her own recovery.