A man who caused a fatal accident in a Pennsylvania town about 45 miles from Altoona will spend at least 6 years and up to 15 years in prison for his role in the crash. After the accident, police determined that the man was high on methamphetamine and a prescription medicine at the time of the collision.
According to reports, the man was operating a Jeep and had his young daughter in the vehicle with him. The man, without warning, or apparent explanation, drove his car in to oncoming traffic while on a state road. He struck two classic cars, both of which were occupied by two people. The group had recently attended a car show together.
While the couple in one of the vehicles, a Corvette, escaped the most serious of physical injuries, the couple in the other vehicle, a Bel Air, were not so lucky. The woman in that vehicle died in the accident, and the man had to be taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Family members say that the man has not recovered from the accident physically and now requires assistance where he formally was able to live independently.
According to witnesses, while the driver of the Jeep remained at the scene, he seemed a bit out of touch with what was happening. He continued to manipulate his phone while he stood aside, not offering any help to the victims. One of the victims even asked the man if he were high on drugs, and the man did not answer.
In addition to criminal penalties, the families of the victims may have the option of pursuing compensation for their losses. Besides pursuing the driver responsible for this horrific car accident, other means of compensation may be available.