We go through each day of our lives thinking the next day is promised. We put things off for tomorrow assuming it will come. Unfortunately, it doesn’t for everyone. On August 10, 2019, three sisters were killed after the vehicle they were riding in was rear-ended by a drunk driver.
Idaho Mountain Express says the three sisters, Aneena Lurak, 6, Kya Lurak, 5, and Drayka Emyka Rayshell, 3, were sitting in the back of their parents’ Dodge Neon asleep during the early hours of the day. Somchai Lurak, the girls’ father, was driving and their mother, Emma Weigand, was sitting in the passenger seat. After the family’s vehicle stopped at a temporary construction light on U.S. Highway 20, their vehicle was rear-ended by Matthew Richard Park’s 2500 Dodge pickup truck.
The source says the truck weighed nearly double the size of the Neon.
Park, who going about 85 mph before the incident, failed to see the vehicle’s brake lights and crashed into the back of it going at about 53 mph. The impact caused the truck to ride on top of the back of the compact car. While the two older girls died at the scene of the accident, the youngest succumbed to her injuries after being taken to a hospital in Boise. The girls’ father also suffered severe injuries that left him as an incomplete quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair.
Police later determined that Park’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level was 0.191/0.189, which is more than two-and-a-half times the legal limit of 0.08.
Park is Sentenced for the Crime He Committed
Nearly a year after the unfortunate accident occurred in Idaho, Park faced his punishment for causing the drunk driving crash that killed the three little girls. The news source says Fifth District Judge Ned Williamson “followed the prosecutor’s recommendation of five years fixed for each of the three vehicular manslaughter charges, with an indeterminate sentence of 10 years if parole isn’t granted.” Park’s 15-year sentence will run consecutively and following that he will serve a two-and-a-half-year sentence for the aggravated DUI charge.
When Park is released, his Park driver’s license will be suspended for five years and he will be required to have an interlock device installed in his vehicle for the remainder of his life. The source also cited that a restitution hearing is expected to be held sometime in the future to determine Park’s financial responsibility to Lurak and Weigand. In July, the source said the couple’s medical expenses had already exceeded a quarter of a million dollars, and that amount is expected to increase as Lurak continues with rehab.
If a drunk driver caused an accident in Boise, ID that left you or a loved one injured, you should consider contacting an ID personal injury attorney to find out if you are entitled to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. The Boise, ID personal injury lawyers at Johnson & Lundgreen are well aware of the financial effects a vehicular accident can have on a family and would like to help you recoup the compensation you deserve.
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