Upstate New York Man Sentenced In Fatal Drugged Driving Car Crash

by | March 26th, 2012

March 26, 2012

A 42-year-old man from the town of Penn Yan, New York, has been sentenced to prison for his part in a fatal car accident that injured eight Amish farmers and killed six others. Reports from The Times-Union indicate that the crash happed on July 19 of last year on a state highway outside the town of Benton, New York.

The group of farmers was riding in a van while touring farms in the area. Reports from New York State Police show that the man responsible for causing the accident was under the influence of cocaine and prescription drugs when he attempted to pass a tractor-trailer in the lane next to the van. The intoxicated driver hit the rear of the van, causing it to get pushed under the tractor-trailer.

A Yates County Court Judge sentenced the man on Tuesday to 12 to 24 years in state prison as part of his plea deal. In addition, the man received seven and a half to 15 years of additional time on the aggravated vehicular assault charge and two years for charges of driving while impaired and reckless driving.

The New York Car Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Injury Lawyers have seen reports of a growing number of drugged driving car accidents. The firm asks that you not get behind the wheel of a car if you are taking prescription medications that could impair your driving ability.