A year after a fatal drunk driving accident, the driver was sentenced for causing the crash. Gary Drake, Jr., 34-years-old, was operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol when he lost control and ran off the roadway near Milo, Missouri, approximately 277 miles southwest of St. Louis. The vehicle was torn apart and Drake’s passenger, Whitney York, was ejected and killed in the accident. Immediately following the accident, a witness helped extricate Drake from the vehicle, and he fled from the scene. He was arrested at a later time and admitted to drinking and driving. A judged sentenced Drake to serve 12 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.
Drunk driving accidents claim the lives of thousand of innocent victims every year. According to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, drunk driving accidents occur so frequently that two out of three individuals will be involved in a drunk driving accident within their lifetime. Negligent driving accounts for a vast majority of auto accidents and driving under the influence is one of the most negligent examples of preventable accidents. There is no amount of money that will replace the life of your loved one; however, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses and emotional damages.
The skilled St. Louis drunk driving accident lawyers at Meyerkord & Kurth will fight aggressively to hold any and all parties accountable for their negligence. We will support you with compassion throughout the case while working to recover the maximum compensation for your damages. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a drunk driving accident, contact us today for a free consultation.