FORT LAUDERDALE, Fl., –A life of an elderly woman was claimed after being struck by at least two vehicles in the middle lanes of the highway.
The victim, 62-year-old Maebell Johnson from Fort Lauderdale, who also had dementia, was picking up cans in the middle lanes at the highway on Interstate 595 on November 3, 20120 was struck by at least two vehicles at 3:30 in the morning.
One hit-and-run driver, 24-year-old Joseph McGowan was found to by the jury guilty of leaving the scene of the fatal accident on westbound I-595. The judge had sentenced him on house arrest for two years, eight years of probation, and 400 hours of community service. Furthermore, he was ordered by the judge to write an apology letter to the family of the victim, revocation of his driver’s license and 120 hours of that 400 hours of community service must be done in a trauma unit or a hospital emergency room.
For the first time, McGowan spoke publicly about the incident. He gave a heartfelt apology and grief about what happened and added that he really had no idea that he had struck the victim.
The victim’s children hugged McGowan and said their forgiveness.
A lot of people felt sorry to the victim and to McGowan as well. They agreed that what happened to McGowan could also happen to anyone.
Around 25 people, some complete strangers, showed up in support for McGowan after reading in the newspapers and some of them wrote to the judge urging leniency.
Johnson was struck by McGowan’s gray Dodge Caravan as well as a tractor-trailer, according t prosecution experts, but it can’t be determined which impact had killed her.
Accident victims have rights. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, wage loss and medical bills. Contact an experienced car accident lawyer now for a free consultation.