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Wisconsin man sentenced to two years for drunk driving accident

Operating an automobile after drinking can have devastating effects not only to the drunk driver, but all those with whom he or she shares the road. This is why authorities in Lacrosse, Wisconsin are so concerned with cracking down on drunk driving.

A 69-year-old man who was convicted of driving under the influence near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin will spend two years behind bars. The judge said that because of the man’s age and the fact that he did not have a prior criminal record, the two year sentence was appropriate for the homicide by drunk driving conviction. He will also be on probation for four years following the prison time.

The man was driving an SUV in September 2012 when he ran a stop sign and crashed into a truck. Two passengers in the SUV were killed, one of whom was the driver’s wife. Seven other people sustained injuries in the crash. One was a boy who still suffers from shoulder pain and is in constant need of assurance that he is safe. His mother said that she needs to tell him he is safe anywhere from 20 to 200 times a day.

Many lives were affected by this man’s decision to drink and drive. Although he apologized for his actions in court, this does little to ease the pain and suffering he caused. Those injured in the accident and the family members of the two passengers who were killed may wish to contact a personal injury attorney to discuss their case.

Source: WQOW, “Eau Claire man sentenced to 2 years in prison for fatal drunk driving crash,” May 30, 2014

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