The criminal case is over in connection with a fatal accident that claimed the life of a Philadelphia Highway Patrol officer in 2012. The Bucks County man accused in the case was sentenced last week to a term of 10 to 20 years in state prison.
After he's released, he still faces 10 years of probation. He's also been ordered by the court to pay $16,000 in fines and restitution. But the dead officer's widow is also pursuing a personal injury claim seeking compensation from the driver and the restaurant that allegedly over-served him alcohol on the night of the deadly crash. Such is her right, as it is for anyone who suffers due to someone else's negligence.