In July of 2006 a then-30-year-old man was driving his truck with an unsecured load of stolen kitchen appliances. During his trip, a stove fell off the truck and landed on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim. The rogue stove caused an accident that led to the death of a 34-year-old sheriff's deputy from Corona who was on his way to work. The suspect was convicted by a jury in September of this year of second-degree murder.
A judge sentenced the suspect to 16 years in prison on Friday. The suspect was residing in Long Beach when the accident occurred. The suspect has been serving time in prison for the last 11 years as he waited for the trial to begin. Because of time served, he could be eligible for parole in roughly four years.
The suspect was initially sentenced to 26 years to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder. This conviction was overturned by the California Supreme Court. The court ruled that there was faulty instructions given to the jury in the suspect's first trial.
The day of the accident saw a stove, still in its box and worth $1,000, fall off the suspect's truck and onto the roadway. The stove caused four separate accidents as vehicles attempted to avoid hitting the appliance. The sheriff's deputy was traveling in the left lane, swerved to avoid the stove, and was crushed by a cement truck.
Suffering the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another is one of the most difficult things to endure in life. Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney in Pasadena can help you move through the legal process.
Source: Pasadena Star-News, "Man sentenced to prison after stolen stove causes crash leading to sheriff deputy’s death," Oct. 27, 2017