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Texas Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Fatal Kansas Crash

Damaged car from an accident with responding ambulance

A Texas resident has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after causing a tragic accident that resulted in the deaths of a mother and her two children in Kansas in 2016.

Details of the Fatal Kansas Accident

According to ABC News, Steven Johnson, 45, of Houston, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to a count of second-degree murder and two counts of involuntary while driving under the influence back in March.

Johnson was sentenced to 14.5 years in prison for the murder count and nearly 3.5 years for each of the involuntary manslaughter counts.

An investigation of the 2016 crash concluded that Johnson was driving a large box truck on Interstate 70 when he crossed over the median and struck a passenger car head-on. 26-year-old Jessica Michelle Thompson was killed in the crash along with her two children, Jaydon Allan Thompson, 6, and Leah Michelle Thompson, 5.

Drunk Driving Facts and Statistics

According to the National Academies, alcohol-impaired driving remains the deadliest and costliest danger on the roadways. The following statistics on alcohol-impaired driving are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Academies.

  • 10,497 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in the United States in 2016.
  • On average since 1982, one-third of all traffic deaths involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • Every day in the United States 29 people are killed in a drunk driving wreck.
  • A law lowering the BAC threshold from 0.08 to 0.05 percent goes into effect in Utah on December 30, 2018 — the first of its kind in the country.
  • Almost 40 percent of drunk driving deaths are victims other than the intoxicated driver.
  • Despite a 20 percent decline in alcohol-impaired driving fatalities since 2007, the total number of deaths increased for the second straight year in 2016.

Injured by a Drunk Driver? Contact an Experienced Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one were injured in a crash involving a drunk driver, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our attorneys are experienced in handling many types of accident cases, including those involving intoxicated drivers and distracted drivers. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to take your call and evaluate your claim. Speak to one of our lawyers today for a free legal consultation.

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