A man who had pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter stemming from a crash near Tampa, Florida, on Christmas Day 2007 now denies causing the crash, reports ABC News. The accident killed three of the four people in the vehicle that was hit.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the man has now sued the estate of the now-deceased driver of the other vehicle, saying it was actually the other driver who caused the crash by abruptly changing lanes.
The man’s attorney, who is also his sister, said that the government’s prosecution amounted to a character assassination, and that he had accepted a plea deal only to avoid risking getting a life sentence.
“It’s hard to wrap your head around. There aren’t any facts that support the allegation [the accused man] is making,” the lawyer for the victim’s family said. “That’s why the family is breathless” at this law suit.
Six eyewitnesses said that the now deceased driver was stopped at a red light when, at 70 to 90 mph, and never veering or braking, the accused man rear-ended him.
The event data recorder in the deceased man’s vehicle showed that it was not moving at the time of impact, she said.
The man was sentenced to 12 years in prison, where he remains.
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