A 72-year-old Los Angeles county woman was sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 10, to six years in prison. Earlier that day, she entered in a guilty plea on vehicular manslaughter charges at Los Angeles County’s Airport Courthouse. She had been accused of striking a stroller carrying the 15-month-old son of a Swedish mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter while intoxicated at the wheel on Sept. 3, 2016.
That day, the elderly Hawthorne woman was driving near the intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and 133rd Street and struck the toddler’s stroller. He was being pushed within the crosswalk by his 15-year-old aunt at the time.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene of the accident, the young boy was still strapped in his stroller. Since the child had no pulse when they arrived, paramedics quickly performed CPR on him. After getting his heart beating once again, they quickly whisked the child away to a local hospital.
It’s there that the boy was placed on life support. Later the following day, doctors declared the boy brain dead. Soon thereafter, his parents decided to take him off of life support.
As for the young boy’s aunt, she was injured when struck by the woman’s car. It’s unclear what the extent of her injuries were.
Since his son’s death, the MMA fighter has lobbied legislators to revisit whether even a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content limit is too high to allow drivers to legally operate vehicles in California.
If you’ve lost a loved one who was struck by a drunken driver, then a Los Angeles car accident attorney can advise you of your rights to file a wrongful death claim.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “72-year-old woman sentenced to prison for DUI crash that killed MMA fighter’s toddler son,” James Queally, Aug. 10, 2017