A woman in Philadelphia pled guilty to vehicular homicide of two people, one of whom was 4-years-old, killed in a DUI car accident. The defendant admitted to being over the legal limit at the time of the crash.
The defendant was driving a 1996 F-250 down the Atlantic City Expressway in Hamilton on June 20, 2014 when she hit the guardrail and flipped the truck over. All six of the passengers, including three who had been riding in the bed of the truck, were launched into the road. Everyone involved sustained serious injuries.
Following an investigation by the State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, the driver was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, three counts of vehicular assault, and one count of endangering the safety of a minor. The defendant could be looking at up to 20 years in prison, 10 years for each count of vehicular homicide. Sentencing is on December 11.
The mother of the 4-year-old and the other injured passengers also filed a lawsuit against Tropicana Casino and Resort in relation to the accident. The suit argues that the casino should also be held liable for throwing out intoxicated customers that have a room in the resort.
The lawsuit documents state that the driver and “had been served alcoholic beverages at the casino all night, [was] intoxicated and in no condition to drive, and further questioned why they were being ejected from the premises when their checkout was not until 12 p.m. the next day.”
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