Pictured above: Officials examining the scene of the accident
This February, a 32-year-old man driving at extremely high speeds caused both the death of a Las Vegas woman and a resulting nine-vehicle crash. This week, that man, identified as Kenneth Rankin, was finally sentenced to 40 years in prison for his involvement. The accident originally happened when Rankin sped through a red light on Cheyenne Avenue and Jones Boulevard in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rankin fled the scene, reaching speeds of up to 111mph. He then hit Ellen Gallucci's vehicle, which in turned caused the vehicle to roll over. She unfortunately died at the scene.
The momentum of the impact of Rankin and Gallucci's cars caused them to strike other cars in the process. In total, nine vehicles were involved in the crash. Several people were severely injured, including Rankin's passenger and several more were taken to nearby hospitals for minor injuries. It was found that Ranking had more than seven times the legal limit of marijuana in his system at the time of the accident and officers found a pound of the drug in his vehicle. Rankin also tested positive for codeine. The judge in charge of Rankin's case ruled that Rankin will have to serve at least 16 years behind bars before he is eligible for parole.
Not only are intoxicated drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent woman and several others who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Successfully pursuing a claim against an intoxicated driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against an intoxicated driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.