Syracuse Man Charged with Manslaughter After Fatal Road Rage Crash

by emallernee | May 25th, 2011

May 25, 2011

A 23-year-old man from Syracuse, New York, was sentenced on Tuesday to two-and-a-half to seven-and-a-half years in state prison after causing a head-on crash on Onondaga Lake Parkway that killed a 40-year-old Syracuse woman in August 2010.

Authorities say the accident occurred because the man was driving at a speed of almost 100 miles per hour when he crossed over the center line and plowed into the car the woman was driving. They believe he was trying to catch up with a car that had recently passed him.

The woman died instantly, and her 20-year-old passenger was seriously injured.

During his sentencing the driver fought back tears when a letter was read aloud by the victim’s sister, who spoke of how much her sister meant to her.

“I am so sorry for all the pain that I have caused everybody,” said the driver immediately before his sentencing. “I can only imagine how awful it is, and if I could go back in time and change it I would … I only hope that you know how truly sorry I am for the pain that I have caused everybody.”

The man plead guilty to manslaughter in March.

The husband of the victim told reporters, “I’m very dissatisfied with [the sentence]. I thought he should get seven and a half years. I hope he learns why he’s in prison, what he did. I don’t condemn him for the rest of his life. Right now I have a hard time forgiving what he did.”

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If you or someone you know were the victim of a New York car accident, the New York car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of William Mattar may be able to help you.