A person can face serious charges if he or she is accused of having been involved in a DWI accident that caused the death of another individual. Major criminal punishments can be given to a person if he or she is convicted of such charges. This can be seen in a criminal case from Missouri in which a sentence was recently issued.
The case involves a 24-year-old man from St. Paul. Allegedly, on June 11, 2010, the man was driving a pickup truck in St. Charles County. Reportedly, a 22-year-old man from Florissant was a passenger of this pickup truck.
The pickup truck allegedly then crashed into a utility pole and a home. The 22-year-old man reportedly died as a result of this motor vehicle accident.
The 24-year-old man was accused of having been drunk at the time of the crash.
The 24-year-old man faced a charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection to this alleged DWI accident. The man pled guilty to this charge in July. This week, the man received his sentence. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article which reported this story, the man was sentenced to serve eight years in prison. Thus, it appears that the man in this case will lose his freedom for a significant amount of time.
As this case demonstrates, being convicted of charges related to an alleged DWI accident that resulted in another person's death can lead to an individual being given major punishments. Thus, being accused of being involved in a fatal DWI accident can be an extremely serious matter.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "St. Paul man gets eight years for involuntary manslaughter," Shane Anthony, Oct. 3, 2011