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Man gets probation for killing a man in a head-on collision

Remember the accident a few months ago when a 22-year old Big Bear Lake man was weaving back and forth between the northbound and southbound lanes on Highway 395? He kept crossing the double yellow lines while heading north.

Along comes a 28-year old man who was driving south. He saw the other man's vehicle, slammed on his brakes and veered to the right to avoid a crash. Witnesses told CHP officers that the 22-year old hit the left front of the victim's vehicle.

The 28-year old man died at the scene. His 13-year old brother was in the vehicle and was seriously injured. The 22-year old was not wearing a seat belt and sustained injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was told he will never walk again.

The at-fault driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and reckless driving causing injury. The charge carries a maximum of six years and eight months in prison. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation. He doesn't remember the accident or why he was driving back and forth across the lanes. A blood test showed no signs of drugs or alcohol. It was decided that even though he deserves prison time, it would be "unrealistic and perhaps even cruel to put him in prison with his disabilities". He is in a wheelchair.

If you or a family member is injured or killed because of the negligence of another person, contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who will protect your legal rights.

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