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Victims' relatives angered at DUI offender's short sentence

We wrote earlier in the month about an alleged drunk driver who pleaded guilty to charges surrounding a fatal crash in Thompson Falls. Court proceedings this week have resolved that case, with the man who caused the car accident receiving a plea deal that could allow him to leave prison in just two-and-a-half years. The decision has angered the victims' relatives, who argue that drunk drivers who kill people should receive more severe punishment.

School board leader pleads guilty to DUI charges

The vice chairman of the Thompson Falls School Board has pleaded guilty to four felony charges in connection with a drunk driving fatality he caused in September. The man is accused of causing a car accident that killed two people while he was driving under the influence, according to local media reports. The man will receive 10 years of prison time in connection with the accident if the judge accepts prosecutors' plea deals.

Lockwood teen dies in pedestrian accident

Pedestrian-versus-vehicle car accidents tend to end tragically for the unprotected victims. A recent collision in Lockwood is no exception. A 16-year-old boy was killed after he was struck by a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 71-year-old man at about 5:40 p.m. on Jan. 3 along Becraft Lane.

Grandmother killed in head-on collision

Traffic accident investigators report that many accidents are caused by drivers who travel too fast for road conditions. This concern becomes even more pressing as the winter weather brings slippery roads and icy conditions. Montana residents are not exempt from this unfortunate fact. A tragic car accident just before the New Year claimed the life of a 67-year-old area woman. The head-on collision happened on Highway 2 just west of Libby, according to authorities.

Elderly woman dies in fatal crash on Highway 2

Authorities warn that vehicle collision rates are likely to rise at the beginning of the year. Holiday partygoers are sometimes dangerous on the roads, causing extra fatalities, especially during the late-night hours. A tragic car accident in December demonstrates the dangers that can be associated with taking to the roads during the Christmas holidays.

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