Is a running a red light vehicular homicide?
Personal injury lawyer analysis of red light runner accident.
Thursday a Dodge Charger broadsides a Ford Explorer at Southeast 14th and Hartford at 3:00 a.m., Sunday. The report says the Charger's driver ran a red light before slamming into the driver's side of the Ford. The Explorer's driver, Jennifer Garcia, just 17, died at the scene. Video available follow the link. The driver of the Dodge Charger is alleged to be 21 year old Michael Mark Lomax from Des Moines. If successfully prosecuted the driver could be given a 10 year prison term. If impaired by drugs or alcohol it could go up to 25 years. Apparently the driver gave a breath test at the scene. As a lawyer who practices in the area of car, personal injury and driving after drinking accidents I have to say, the chances of this ending well for Lomax aren't very good.
- First of all the police probably have evidence of him running the red light.
- Second he gave them a breath test at the scene where someone died.
- Third, even if he passes the drunken driving tests, blood, breath or urine, he's still in trouble for running the red light.
- Fourth, he's driving a Dodge Charger, associated with speed and racing.
- Fifth, a young girl died in the collision.
- Sixth, the police have a video of the SUV burning at the scene while trying to get the passengers out. Talk about dramatic footage.
Category: Car and Tractor Trailer Accidents
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