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Hit-and-run driver gets 5 years for fatal crash

On June 20, a man who caused a fatal accident in Louisiana and then fled the scene was sentenced to five years behind bars. The accident occurred near Slidell on Nov. 3, and the 26-year-old Mississippi man pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and hit-and-run in May. A 26-year-old man from Alabama was killed in the accident.

According to reports, the at-fault driver was attempting to drive around two 18-wheelers that were traveling over a bridge. The man used the shoulder of the road, and when the shoulder narrowed, he quickly turned into the right lane. He struck one of the 18-wheelers, causing the large truck to travel into the left lane and hit another truck. The second truck traveled over the guardrail and into the Middle Pearl River.

After the accident, the negligent driver left the scene but was later found by Louisiana State Police. He was sentenced to five years of prison time for negligent homicide and 10 years of prison time for hit-and-run. However, the judge suspended half of the man's sentence for hit-and-run, and the two remaining five-year prison sentences will run concurrently. The hit-and-run driver will be on probation during the five years of suspended prison time.

People who have been injured in a hit-and-run accident may be unsure how to pursue compensation. If investigators have not yet located the at-fault driver, the victim may have to wait until the driver is identified to file a personal injury lawsuit. Before that happens, an attorney can help a hit-and-run victim by gathering evidence of the financial losses that have been sustained.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate, "Man gets five years for fatal crash that sent trucker into river near Slidell," Sara Pagones, June 21, 2016

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