Ultimately, however, a judge decided that the alcohol use didn’t directly contribute to the fatal motorcycle accident — but he did find the man guilty of driving under the influence. The most serious charge the man faced, homicide by vehicle while under the influence, carried with it a three-year prison sentence because of it being a second-degree felony in Pennsylvania.

The judge said that it was clear that alcohol played a part in the crash, but the prosecutors in the case didn’t prove that it was a direct cause of the accident. Rather, he said, the fact that the man was at least 15 mph over the posted speed limit on a curving section of road, in the dark, most directly factored into the crash.

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The deceased passenger’s family continues to mourn her, more than three years after the fatal crash. Her brother said she was like a second mother to him after his parents’ divorce. It’s for reasons such as these that family members of motorcycle accident victims may wish to work with an experienced accident attorney — to seek compensation for a life cut short.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Former Pittsburgh officer guilty of DUI in crash that killed passenger,” Adam Brandolph, Oct. 8, 2013  

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