Imagine driving down the road. You’re minding your own business, but that doesn’t stop a crash from taking place. Before you can move out of the way, a person on the opposite side of the road attempts to pass too closely to your vehicle. He hits you head on, causing a serious accident.
Head-on crashes are some of the most deadly, and this head-on crash resulted in multiple deaths. A second person has been charged with reckless homicide following a crash that resulted in two deaths. According to the news from Aug. 30, the suspect was involved in a collision when the 1998 Mercedes he was driving failed to safely pass a 2008 Dodge Avenger. They were in a no-passing zone at the time.
The 31-year-old man’s vehicle then struck a 2000 Honda Accord head on. The collision caused the Honda to sideswipe the Avenger and forced the Mercedes off the road. One passenger in the Mercedes and the driver of the Honda were killed.
The two men involved in this crash were not found to have been drag racing. The police were not clear on why they are charging the man in the Avenger, since the other man had been trying to pass that vehicle. They cited speeding and passing in a no-passing zone as the main causes of the crash. If the two men are found guilty of reckless homicide, they could face up to 10 year in prison, have their licenses suspended for five years and face a $10,000 fine.
Crashes like this one are avoidable. Paying attention to the road and obeying traffic laws makes a difference. If you’re hit because someone passes in a no-passing zone, you have options for obtaining compensation.
Source: The Times and Democrat, “Second suspect charged with reckless homicide in crash that killed two,” Martha Rose Brown, Aug. 30, 2017