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Is Mother To Blame For Allowing Son To Drink, Drive, And Fatally Strike Child?

In a very sad story, a 20-year-old Allegheny County man was driving under the influence when he struck and killed a 6-year-old girl that had been standing in her driveway. A tragic story all around. A 6-year-old struck down as her life was just getting started. While the young girl is the innocent victim, one must also consider that the 20-year-old must live with the memory that he took the life of another. Having such memories will haunt him for the rest of his life. He will have plenty of time to reflect on his actions as a conviction of Homicide by Vehicle While DUI would result in a relatively lengthy prison sentence being imposed. Upon his release, when he completes employment applications, he will also report that he is a convicted felon, and he will have to explain that his poor decision to drink and drive as a 20-year-old caused him to take the life of another. Imagine this young man is 40 years old and has a 6-year-old daughter that wants her father to coach soccer or attend a school field trip as a chaperone. The father will be reminded that his prior criminal history prevents him passing a background clearance check to participate in such activities, and when he looks at his daughter, he will be reminded of the life that he took. Again, this is just a tragic story all around, and a story that requires prayers for all those involved.