A traffic incident in Claremont in November last year ended with the at-fault driver’s conviction for voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon. The driver, Sandra Marie Wicksted, a 63-year-old woman from Claremont, pleaded no contest for the incident, where one bicyclist, a 54-year-old woman named Leslie Pray, was killed after being run over by Wicksted’s 1996 Mercury Tracer in Mills Avenue. Wicksted is also facing charges for the attempted murder of two other bicyclists present at the scene. It is unknown whether these bicyclists were also injured. Wicksted was also injured in the incident. She is sentenced to 16 years of imprisonment for her crimes.
Is It Possible to Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim If a Driver Is Already Facing Prison Charges?
Yes. Regardless of whether the at-fault driver is already convicted, or whether they are still waiting for trial, you can start the process of your wrongful death claim as soon as you are available. This is because each case will be processed differently, whereas your wrongful death claim will be processed in civil court. To know more about what you need to prepare as you undertake this legal action, call us today at (800) 310-1606 to get a free consultation with a lawyer for your case.
Source: NBC Los Angeles