Plea Deal in Criminal Case for Fatal Motorcycle Crash Upsets Family

Our Atlanta car accident attorneys wish less families in our state had to deal with the difficulties of recovering from vehicle accidents, and especially from the death of a loved one. Nothing can lessen the sorrow of losing someone before his or her time.

These accidents often involve civil lawsuits, and at times there can even be a criminal case over the car accident.

For example, one news story this week offers an example of the criminal aspect to these tragedies and the stress it places on involved families. Last September, retired Army Ranger Sidney Paul Agent Jr, or “Sid”, was on his motorcycle when he was hit by a SUV driven by Jimmy Darrell Barnett Jr. in an instance of distracted driving. Barnett was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and failure to yield, which carries a maximum sentence of 24 months in prison. In court this week in Forsyth County Barnett pleaded guilty with a deal for 12 months probation, a $1000 fine, suspension of his driver’s license, community service at a Ranger camp, and also a contribution to Sid Agent’s daughter’s college fund.

Barnett, who had a clean record before this accident and took responsibility for his actions that caused Mr. Agent’s death, told the court, “I have been living with this horror ever since the day of the accident. I cannot even begin to fathom how the family feels; I just wanted to say that I am extremely very sorry.” motorcycle.jpeg

It is understandable that the family of Mr. Agent would have strong feelings about the plea deal
in a criminal case involving the man who caused their loved one’s death. His family said they thought the deal was too lenient. His sister, Patricia Davis, says the family has “mixed emotions” about the outcome, that they accept the decision, but that they also felt that maybe the law should be changed in this respect. Mr. Agent’s friends also came to the Forsyth County court and protested the acceptance of the plea deal. They all still hope, however, that their friend and family member’s death will call attention to the serious problem of distracted driving and of safe driving for motorcycles.

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys
It is important to remember that even if there is a criminal case over a vehicle accident, there can be a civil case as well. Civil cases can help an injured person or family with expenses, like medical bills or funeral costs, and sometimes other compensation. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a negligent driver, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter can help you understand your legal options. Our firm has helped clients with all kinds of vehicle accidents to get the compensation they need and deserve. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter today at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation.
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