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Man convicted for accident that left one dead and three injured

A Wisconsin man is facing between five and 17 years in prison after being convicted on May 8 for several charges stemming from a June 2012 car crash that killed one person and left three others injured. The 21-year-old man pleaded no contest to reduced charges of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and two counts of causing bodily harm by negligent operation of a vehicle.

The fatal accident occurred at approximately 12:53 am on June 15, 2012 on Oak Orchard Road in Green Bay. The driver, a 17-year-old boy, and three girls, ages 17, 16 and 15, decided to go for a ride in the driver's Toyota Scion after a night of sitting around a fire. Police say the driver reached speeds of up 120 miles per hour and was driving at approximately 100 miles per hour when he ran through a stop sign, crossed the center line, hit a tree and then bounced back onto the road and landed in a ditch.

All three girls were ejected from the backseat of the car. The 17-year-old girl died, and the other two girls were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The 17-year-old boy suffered minor injuries.

Although no civil suits have been mentioned in relation to this case, victims of another driver's negligence may be able to file suit for damages related to the accident. Families who lose loved ones in car accidents may be able to sue for damages for their pain and suffering and the loss of their loved one's income. An experienced personal injury attorney could help victims and their families examine an accident and determine whether a suit is warranted.

Source: greenbaypressgazette.com, "Green Bay man guilty in crash that killed Abrams girl", May 09, 2013

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