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By Renee Nordstrand on January 14, 2013

The Oxnard wrongful death motorcycle accident attorneys at the Law Office of Renée J. Nordstrand have learned that a judge has sentenced a man to more than 12 years in prison in connection with a 2011 hit-and-run accident on highway 101 in Oxnard that left a motorcyclist dead.

The 24-year-old Oregon man had pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated; evading an officer; resisting police; and assault with a deadly weapon.

Witnesses told police officers that the driver had been driving recklessly in his pickup truck and had been drifting in and out of lanes before he clipped a motorcycle that was heading north on Highway 101 near Del Norte Boulevard in Oxnard. The prosecutor for the case said that the victim “never had a chance when he was struck.”

A spokesman for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the driver was high on marijuana when he struck and killed the motorcyclist. He tried to evade officers, and even pointed a handgun at his own head and then toward a pursuing officer, before throwing it out of the pickup’s driver-side window.

After stopping his vehicle and leading officers on a pursuit across three southbound lanes of Highway 101, he was caught, but had to be stunned with a Taser before he surrendered.

Have you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver? The legal team at the Law Office of Renée J. Nordstrand will fight for your family’s legal rights to see that the parties responsible for your loss are held liable for their actions. Our knowledgeable and experienced Oxnard personal injury attorneys can help your family during a trying and difficult transition.

For a free consultation and review of your case, contact our Southern California Offices in Santa Barbara by dialing (805) 962-2022 or in Encino at (818) 981-3530.