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Drunk driver in fatal 2016 motorcycle crash finally charged

A motorcyclist died late last year after an allegedly drunk driver struck him in Allentown. It took a year for authorities to finish organizing the criminal case against the man that killed him, but he was finally arrested and charged last week.

According to prosecutors, the allegedly drunk driver was operating his vehicle while intoxicated on the evening of November 5, 2016. He tried to make a left turn at an Allentown intersection but he failed to see an oncoming motorcycle. He struck the motorcycle, which was being driven by a 213-year-old Allentown man.

The motorcyclist was ejected from his bike. Although emergency responders rushed him to the hospital, doctors and medical staff could not save him. He was later pronounced dead at the medical facility.

Prosecutors have charged the 49-year-old man with multiple and serious offenses including:

  • One count of motor vehicle homicide while driving under the influence;
  • One count of involuntary manslaughter;
  • One count of reckless endangerment of another person; and
  • Two counts of driving while intoxicated by a controlled substance or alcohol.

If the driver is convicted of the above offenses, he stands to spend years in prison. Potentially, he will also be financially liable to close family members left behind by the deceased motorcyclists.

When someone causes the death of another person by way of a criminal act -- such as drunk driving, intentional violence or another unlawful activity -- he or she will be prosecuted and punished for the actions in criminal court. In addition, family members of the person who died may wish to hold the criminally acting party financially liable in civil court by filing wrongful death claims.

Source: wfmz.com, "Allentown man charged in DUI crash that killed motorcyclist," accessed July 14, 2017

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