Feb. 12, 2013
-- There are few losses worse than the death of a child. When one father saw his sons killed by a drunk driver, it seems he may have shot the driver. The father claims to remember nothing after his sons were killed other than waking up in the hospital. The drunk driving accident happened in December and the father was indicted this month.
According to reports, the father and his sons were pushing their disabled truck along a country road when the accident happened. They were only about 150 yards from their house. The wife and two other children remained in the cab while the eldest sons helped their father. A speeding driver plowed into the truck as they were pushing.
After the initial impact, it was clear that the sons were in serious condition. One was dead on the scene and the other was pronounced dead at the hospital. All other members of the family escaped serious injury. The driver was found with a bullet wound to the head.
According to the police investigation, the driver was completely at fault for the accident. There was no application of the brakes for the accident. Though the driver was only 20 years-old, his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. It appears the man should never have been behind the wheel.
As for the gunshot wound, police haven’t found the weapon responsible for the murder. They did find an empty holster and ammunition. The jury has rejected a crime of passion defense for the father because he would have had to think about going to get the gun before shooting the driver.
Both men leave families behind. The driver had an infant daughter with a girlfriend. The father has two more children with his wife. The grandparents of the sons killed live across the street from the accident site. They are reportedly not leaving the home often these days.
There is still more to be investigated in this case. Two young boys were crushed by the careless actions of a drunk driver. Conversely, an infant is now left without a father. All in all it’s a tragedy for each side. The wrongful death (http://bestaccident-attorneys.com/
) of the sons and the driver will have to be battled in court now.