It has been several decades now since advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving have elevated public awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. Nonetheless, drunk driving continues to be a serious problem in Minnesota, injuring and killing innocent Minnesotans every year. The law has yet to find a way to fully crack down on this issue.
In one case, it is not simply the laws governing drunk driving penalties that seem to have failed people but the nation's immigration laws as well. A man from Guatemala failed to be removed from the United States after he received his first driving while under the influence conviction three years ago. He even received a second DUI conviction the following year, in 2014. Sadly, he did not learn his lesson and this spring he was once again driving while drunk. This time, a 21-year-old woman died as a result of his actions.
Later found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.222, the man hit the victim's vehicle after he crossed the center line on Highway 99. This crash came just roughly one mile after he hit another vehicle and left the scene. The woman died immediately and the drunk driver had to be airlifted to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Of his 63-month sentence for felony criminal homicide, he will need to serve at least 42 months. The remainder may be able to completed under supervised parole. It is expected that he will be sent back to his home country after the sentence is complete.
Families who experience the loss of loved ones in accidents like these that are completely preventable deserve help. Talking with an attorney may provide insight into how to seek compensation.
Source: Le Center Leader, "Five-year sentence for drunk-driving death brings frustration all around," Alex Kerkman, Sept. 27, 2016