After pleading guilty to a charge of driving after drinking and smoking marijuana, a Loris man has been sentenced to spend the next 20 years in prison.
According to prosecutor, George DeBusk, when 33-year-old Craig Austin Livingston was tested after the drunk driving incident that resulted in the death of two brothers, not only was his blood alcohol level at .18, but test results also confirmed that he had smoked marijuana within an hour of the fatal car accident. Based on these numbers, it’s DeBusk’s belief that Livingston’s blood alcohol level was actually between .20 and .22 while Livingston was actually behind the wheel.
Things started to go wrong when Livingston and four of his drinking buddies started out at the local bar, Green Sea and then ventured to a liquor store where two pints of alcohol as well as some beer were purchased by Livingston. According to Livingston’s friends, they asked several times if he was really okay to drive and each time he promised he was.
Although both of the Waddells were alive when the emergency response team arrived at the scene of the crash, Christopher Waddell died a short time later. Miles Waddel held on for a week before he to succumbed to his injuries.
Police reports that the Waddells were driving on Red Bluff Road when Livingston, who was in the opposite lane, swerved over the center line. The car ahead of the one driven by Christopher Waddell was able to swerve out of the way. Waddell was not so lucky and his car was rammed into by Livingston’s.
The parents of the Waddell boys are pleased that Livingston is being punished for the wrongful deaths of their two sons.
“Cases like this never fail to break my heart,” said Attorney John Bales of Tampa top personal injury firm. “From all accounts, both Waddell boys were good lads who were active in the community and had bright futures ahead of them. Their parents would be well within their right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Livingston and everyone else that contributed to the deaths of their young sons.”
As tragic as stories like these are, they serve as an important reminder that no one has the right to take a life, not even if it’s an honest accident. If someone you love has suffered a wrongful death as a result of someone else’s actions, you have the right to file a civil lawsuit in order to recoup the medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other financial losses connected to the loss of life.
The most important thing to remember in this situation, is that you’re not alone. A good lawyer will handle everything connected to the case, from investigating the events leading up to the incident to preparing for the court trial, so that you can focus on putting the pieces of your life back together again.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact John Bales Attorneys where you’ll find experienced personal injury lawyers who truly care for you.