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Nevada man will serve 15-years for leaving a fatal auto accident

It is a sad but true fact that there is an auto accident daily on many Nevada roadways. It may be known to many that there are certain responsibilities one upholds after being involved in such an auto accident. One of the more important responsibilities anyone can have is to never leave the scene of the accident, especially before proper authorities can arrive to be of assistance. There are many consequences that can follow the choice to leave the scene of an accident, and one man knows this all too well, after he was sent to prison for leaving an auto accident that someone was fatally injured in.

Although the man was remorseful in his testimony about the incidents that occurred the night of the accident, he still accepted his punishment and knew that what he did was wrong. The jury found the man guilty of leaving the scene of a car accident that one person died in. He was sentenced to the maximum time for the felony of leaving the scene of an accident -- 15 years.

A 19-year-old police volunteer was driving his motorcycle when the accused man allegedly ran a stop sign. The police volunteer collided with the vehicle driven by the man who ran the stop sign. The driver who ran the stop sign left the scene of the accident and wasn't found until almost five hours later. The 19-year-old motorcyclist later died of his injuries.

At the time he was found he had a blood-alcohol test administered to him. The legal limit for driving after consuming alcohol is 0.08, and the man tested at 0.04. As a result of him not legally being drunk, the only crime he faced was leaving the scene of an auto accident. The deceased's family may feel assured knowing responsibility has been paid, but they may want proper compensation for their loss. It may be beneficial for them to educate themselves on statutes for wrongful death in the state of Nevada in order to relieve the burden of unexpected expenses in addition to pain and suffering, as the result of this fatal auto accident.

Source: lasvegassun.com, Man gets prison for leaving crash that killed Metro volunteer, Bethany Barnes, Dec. 9, 2013

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