On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on Monday, February 6, 2012

When people drive recklessly and cause harm to other people, they should be held accountable. A Kenton County grand jury is trying to hold one driver accountable after a car accident last summer left two people dead.

According to police, a 20-year-old man ran a red light and hit another car carrying a couple and their dog in the early evening hours of Aug. 5. The couple and their dog were killed in the car accident.

Recently, the 20-year-old man was indicted on two counts of reckless homicide. Although the man was not drinking, using drugs, texting or drag racing, prosecutors say he showed disregard for a traffic control device.

This is not the young man’s first brush with the law. He has had several traffic violations since 2010 including speeding, improper passing, reckless driving and disregarding a stop sign. He was also charged with burglary last spring. If he is found guilty of reckless homicide, he could face as many as five years behind bars.

In addition to the criminal charges, the family of the victims may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the 20-year-old driver. Although no amount of money can make up for the family’s tragic loss, they may find relief in knowing that the young man will be held accountable for his actions.

Families in Covington that find themselves in a similar situation would do well to consult with an experienced attorney. An attorney can work on behalf of a family to fight for the compensation they deserve.

Source: KY Post, “Independence man indicted for crash that killed couple,” Jay Warren, Feb. 2, 2012