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Unborn child killed in crash, leading to 9-year jail sentence

A man who used to work as an executive for PPG Industries was involved in a deadly car accident back in 2013. While driving his truck, he left his lane and crossed into opposing traffic, slamming into an oncoming vehicle. The man and woman in that vehicle, who were engaged to be married, were killed. The woman was pregnant, and her unborn baby also died in the accident.

The man pleaded guilty and has now been given at least nine years behind bars.

The case is complex, though, as both sides have a different story about how they claim the accident took place. The legal team for the families of those who died say that the executive was trying to kill himself -- that the crash was a suicide attempt that he survived, taking others' lives instead.

The man's legal team, on the other hand, claimed that he was not trying to kill himself, but that he was taking a lot of medication. They claim that the physicians who gave him the mix of drugs were negligent. It was the impact of these drugs that clouded his mind and led to the crash, not a desire to commit suicide.

The charges that the man eventually ended up pleading guilty to are for negligent homicide and for second-degree assault. He is 54 years old, meaning he'll be at least 63 by the time that he gets out of jail if he only serves the minimum sentence.

If you have lost a loved one in an accident in New Hampshire, be sure that you know what legal options you have.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Ex-PPG executive gets 9 years for fatal crash," Jordan Cuddemi, W. Lebanon, N.H., Valley News, April. 02, 2015

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