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Two life sentences for man who survived fatal accident

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Car accidents happen on a daily basis. Their regularity underscores the fact that driving in a car is not undeniably safe, as a crash can happen at any time. Even if you are a great driver because you cannot control the actions or driving skills of others on the road, a crash can occur. A car crash can be life-changing for all of those involved and that is certainly what happened in a fatal accident that occurred in 2010.

The crash occurred on April 6, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The series of events leading to the accident began when a 34-year-old man went into a branch of New Mexico Bank and Trust in the northeast quadrant of the city. Once there, authorities say that the 34-year-old presented a teller with a demand note, requesting that he be given money-he was reportedly robbing the bank.

The man fled the scene with approximately $2,400. Driving away in his van, the police ensued a chase until he lost control of his vehicle. The van went airborne and landed on a vehicle carrying two women: a 34-year-old and a 28-year-old. The two women were killed in the collision instantly.

Since the crash and robbery, the man has been in police custody. His case was taken to trial during 2011 and he was convicted of his alleged crimes in August of that year. Recently, he was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment. Those sentences will be served at the same time-considering the inability of a human being to live two lives in a row, this is not abnormal.

The deaths of these two women highlight the fact that no driver can control the actions of others. Due to the actions of another person behind the wheel of an automobile, they were killed because they happened to be in the place where the van was going to land.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, "NM man gets life prison terms in 2010 fatal crash," Sept. 24, 2012