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Strange sentence results from New Jersey accident

A 58-year-old woman was sentenced to three years of weekends in jail by a Mercer County court judge on Dec. 10. The charges against her stemmed from driving while intoxicated at more than three times the legal blood alcohol limit and causing a pedestrian accident on Aug. 4, 2012, which caused a man to lose his leg and killed his dog.

In addition to the three years of weekends in jail, the woman was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. At the recommendation of the man whom she hit, her community service consists of telling forums of the consequences of drunk driving. She also apologized to the victim and his family.

The pedestrian accident occurred in West Windsor when a research physician was walking his dog in the area of Clarksville and Old Post roads. He claims that he saw a Mercedes heading straight for him. The woman was apparently driving to feed a friend's dogs at the time.

After the accident occurred, the injured physician said that his leg was bleeding profusely. In a court presentation, he went on to say that he almost died because of the serious leg injuries, and his leg was later amputated above the knee. He has undergone extensive rehabilitation and has had to adapt to wearing a prosthetic leg.

Pedestrian accidents often happen at intersections and crosswalks. Those who have been hit by vehicles, due to their lack of protection from the larger mass, often suffer life-changing injuries or death. If a driver is found guilty on criminal charges stemming from the pedestrian accident, it may ease the way for filing a personal injury claim.

Source: The Trentonian, "Drunk driver who crippled man, killed dog gets three years of weekend jail", Paul Mickle, December 10, 2013

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